LOS ANGELES—Traveling from one place to another over hundreds of miles per minutes can changed because of gadget gizmo genius, Elton Musk who unveiled a new chapter he calls his “fifth mode of transportation,” the Hyperloop.
On Monday, August 11, Musk promised a high-speed transportation system that will zip passengers from cloud-friendly
San Francisco to sun-friendly
Los Angeles at up to 800 miles per hour in 30 minutes. This week questions arose revolving the speed, safety, science, and more of the new form of transportation.
The SpaceX Hyperloop Alpha 57-page file details the super-high-speed Hyperloop as, “A new mode of transport is needed that has benefits of the current modes without the negative aspects of each.” This new high speed transportation system has the following requirements:
1. Ready when the passenger is ready to travel (road)
2. Inexpensive (road)
3. Fast (air)
4. Environmentally friendly (rail/road via electric cars)
“The current contender for a new transportation system between southern and northern
California is the ‘California High Speed Rail.’” The parameters outlining this system include:
1. Currently $68.4 billion USD proposed cost
2. Average speed of 164 mph (264 kph) between
San Francisco and
3. Travel time of 2 hours and 38 minutes between
San Francisco and
a. Compare with 1 hour and 15 minutes by air
b. Compare with 5 hours and 30 minutes by car
4. Average one-way ticket price of $105 one-way (reference)
a. Compare with $158 round trip by air for September 2013
b. Compare with $115 round trip by road ($4/gallon with 30 mpg vehicle)
These are just the alpha stages of the Hyperloop so there are is still more to discuss on the drawing board while Musk is awaiting for the response of the science, architect, and transportation communities. PayPal, Dragon, and Tesla Motors are just some of Musks’ brainchildren that changed the way we do e-commerce, launching space crafts into outer space, and electric cars.