Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), and SpaceX, just hates traffic. Last December, Musk said he will build tunnels to solve urban traffic congestion. And true to his word, The Boring Company has already started the digging work.
However, that is not his only initiative. Earlier in 2013, the billionaire came out with a 57-page white paper concept for the Hyperloop, a supersonic mass transit system between high-traffic short distances cities. He wants to place pods within low-pressure and vacuum-sealed tubes to transport cargo and passengers at a speed of up to 760 miles in an hour. The frictionless system will be powered by solar energy. It will have adequate strength to withstand earthquakes and extreme weather.
Moving close to the speed of sound, hyperloop will cut long-distance travel time and solve the congestion problem. This would also bring down pollution by a great deal.
Hyperloop Vision Closer to Reality
The hyperloop vision of Musk is now a step closer to reality. Hyperloop One, one of the firms that are developing the system, has posted pictures of a test track where the technology will be trialed.
Incidentally, a propulsion test has already been carried out in the Nevada desert where a sled was able to travel at 116 miles in an hour in 1.1 seconds. This test proved that the concept of hyperloop travel will work. A public trial of the system is expected to be carried out sometime in the first half of this year. The test track is ready for operation in the same Nevada desert site. Eventually, the company will test with the full-scale tubes.
Hyperloop One Is Signing Deals At This Time
Hyperloop One has deals with many countries already for exploring the possibility of setting up this unique transport system.
One of them is with the Dubai government in the UAE, where the company will set up a system that will run between Dubai and Abu Dhabi and carry passengers and cargo in just 12 minutes. Presently, road travel takes more than two hours.
Recently, the CEO of Hyperloop One Rob Lloyd shared his vision of connecting major cities in the Gulf region at the Middle East Rail trade show, which was held in Dubai.
Rob said speaking on the occasion, “Tying together the Middle East region would produce greater virtual density, without congestion and pollution, spurring innovation, productivity, job growth and more powerful sharing of knowledge, labor and investment”.