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Old Posted Oct 2, 2017, 1:41 AM
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They should use HYPERLOOP and his cheaper tunneling system to build fast lines from cities to airports. I think doing that in NYC (JFK/LGA) and Chicago would be a good use of this tech. Both are cities where access to airports is relatively awful.
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They should use HYPERLOOP and his cheaper tunneling system to build fast lines from cities to airports. I think doing that in NYC (JFK/LGA) and Chicago would be a good use of this tech. Both are cities where access to airports is relatively awful.
That's not a bad idea. I could see cities around the world benefiting from this concept in similar ways. For instance, Shanghai has two airports (Hongqiao and Pudong) and they run a bus between the two for folks with connecting flights. There are metro connections also, of course, but those are incredibly long due to so many stops in between. A dedicated hyperloop line that went from Hongqiao to downtown to Pudong would be pretty fantastic, especially since Hongqiao also has an HSR station and a lot of folks ride HSR to Shanghai and then get to Pudong for an international flight. The maglev that they have from Pudong to *near* downtown is pretty great already, but doesn't quite do it.

Bangkok could benefit also (Suvarnabhumi to downtown to Don Muang).

Beijing is about to build another massive airport south of the city, so two major airports connecting to the city center and each other...

Many other Asian cities have their airports pretty far from the city. A singular line that could get folks to and from rapidly would be hugely advantageous - so long as the price is right, of course.
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So, not a hyperloop or a rocket, but a truck.

Tesla is now offering a Semi Truck, and it comes with some really big claims. Like this one:
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Self-driving technology would allow the trucks to travel in convoys, where only the front truck would need a driver, making trucks cheaper than rail, Musk added.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-t...-idUSKBN1DG1LW

I'd like to ask the forum how credible is this claim - that a convoy of Semi Trucks could be cheaper to move bulk freight than rail?

What I'd really like to see is Tesla take a diesel-electric locomotive and replace all the space currently occupied by the diesel motor and fuel tanks and load it up with batteries. What sort of range could such a locomotive have, and how much would that reduce the price of rail freight?
(Let's assume that we're free to include the peripheral things that Elon always includes in his calculations, such as faster trip times, higher speeds up hills, and very little maintenance.)
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So if your car was driverless and you knew where the semi was going you could tell the driverless car to follow the line of semis and you could go to sleep? That would be cool, except the truck driver in the front might need to stop to take a pee or take a break.
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What Elon Musk Doesn't Get

http://www.governing.com/commentary/...s-angeles.html

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- Musk, like many people, apparently thinks of transportation simply as getting from one place to another. But as I wrote in my first book, How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl and the Roads Not Taken, if you create a well-used new way of moving, you create a new way of living. Subways created subway cities. Streetcars created streetcar suburbs. The postwar interstates created linear cities along the superhighways’ spines. And Los Angeles’ elevated freeways and limited-access roads created sprawling neighborhoods below that, to this day, people both love and love to hate.

- With this in mind, you can see where Musk goes wrong. He talks of the built environment as if it were static -- as if you could have all of these tunnels going between places and nothing would change up on the ground. But of course if you had high-speed tunnels under Los Angeles, developers would build to dovetail with them: things like apartments, office buildings and retail. Churches and schools would spring up in new places. Musk envisions his tunnels as helping get people to Pasadena in minutes. But if these tunnels really work, then Pasadena would have new residents living there, and it and wouldn’t be like present-day Pasadena anymore.

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Book a 700 mph ride on the hyperloop with this new app

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/8/16...irgin-ces-2018

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- Virgin Hyperloop One unveiled its new app, promising an end-to-end passenger experience. — In the app, passengers will be able to book a seat on the hyperloop, in addition to scheduling an Uber or Lyft to and from the hyperloop station. The app was designed using mapping consortium Here Technologies’ mobile software development kit, which includes mapping and navigation data from 136 countries, public transit information for more than 1,300 cities, and 3D indoor and venue maps.

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Isn't that a little premature?
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Hyperloop draws all kinds of suckers in all kinds of ways...
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