Have you ever wished you could get from Los Angeles to New York for dinner and get back the same night? Elon Musk might just be working on the solution for you, though you shouldn’t get dressed for dinner just yet.
Musk, The entrepreneur in charge of SpaceX and Tesla Motors is picturing a future when pneumatic tubes will be the chosen mode of transportation for all long-distance travel. This might sound new and far-fetched, but the concept for transport like this has been batted around the scientific community since the early 1900s.
The concept of Musk’s revolutionary transport involves a massive vacuum tube holding car-sized capsules which could seat up to 6 people on each trip. Aside from being solar powered, this new transportation technology would make use of magnetic levitation to allow capsules to be transported without friction, wind resistance or danger of collision. At present it is calculated that international trips would be able to reach the amazing speed of 800mph.
Musk’s transportation innovation is known as the “Hyperloop” and is intended specifically to connect cities that lie around (or less than) 1,000 miles apart.