Hyperloop and our misplaced love of futuristic technology

Hyperloop and our misplaced love of futuristic technology

It’s generally easier to improve transport systems incrementally; Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is another idea that may captivate imaginations but fail to deliver

It’s like something out of the 1980s futuristic cartoon show The Jetsons: floating commuter pods are propelled through low-pressure tubes at 760mph, faster than an average 747 jetliner.

This is Hyperloop, a super-fast transportation system that promises to be better and cheaper than high-speed rail. The Hyperloop is the brainchild of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who proposed the concept in a white paper back in 2013. Musk envisioned a train that would allow people to travel between Los Angeles and San Francisco – a journey that currently takes around six hours by car – in about 30 minutes.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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