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Old Posted May 30, 2013, 5:37 PM
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Elon Musk's grand transportation vision

At the D11 conference, transportation pioneer and Paypal founder Elon Musk briefly discussed a mass transit idea he is actively working on. He calls it the hyperloop.

Elon Musk has plans — or maybe it's just an idea — for a brand new form of transportation.
He calls it the "Hyperloop," and it's a way to travel long distances quickly.
At the D11 conference Musk danced around the topic a bit. He didn't want to talk about the Hyperloop because he wanted the focus of his interview to be Tesla.
The most he would say is that the Hyperloop is a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table."
In the past, Musk has been slightly more forthcoming with Hyperloop details.
"This system I have in mind, how would you like something that can never crash, is immune to weather, it goes 3 or 4 times faster than the bullet train," said Musk last July. "It goes an average speed of twice what an aircraft would do. You would go from downtown LA to downtown San Francisco in under 30 minutes. It would cost you much less than an air ticket than any other mode of transport. I think we could actually make it self-powering if you put solar panels on it, you generate more power than you would consume in the system. There's a way to store the power so it would run 24/7 without using batteries. Yes, this is possible, absolutely.

Far fetched as it may sound, if anyone can revolutionize transport it is Elon Musk.
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