Hyperloops About to Takeoff
US Dept of Transportation Pushes the Technology Forward
|Source: Hyperloop TT|
LA to Vegas in 20 Minutes
In the US and Dubai, hyperloop transportation is very close to reality. This summer, the US Department of Transportation became the first government agency in the world to issue guidance and establish regulations for hyperloop technology. In the US, Virgin Hyperloop and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (TT) are working on hyperloop technologies and projects in population centers like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Chicago. In the United Arab Emirates, the first commercial hyperloop operation developed by Hyperloop TT is expected to break ground later this year.
What Does This Mean For You?
It would mean getting to your destination at incredibly fast speeds. For instance, LA to Las Vegas in 20 minutes. Chicago to Pittsburgh, with 5 stops in between, in 45 minutes. The hyperloop uses magnetic levitation and vacuum pumps to propel a pod, carrying passengers, through a tube at speeds up to 700 mph. According to US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao, this technology isn't science fiction anymore: "Inventors, investors and stakeholders are ready to build out these technologies." US DOT has begun establishing regulations for hyperloops, placed it under the oversight of the Federal Railroad Administration and made it eligible for railway funding.
Brainchild of Elon Musk
Elon Musk first proposed the hyperloop as a new means of transportation in 2012. He was too busy with his companies Tesla and SpaceX to build it and he suggested that others develop and build it. We have now come to the development stage of a whole new form of fast city-to-city transportation.