12 August 2013Technology

Elon Musk:

If we are to make a massive investment in a new transportation system, then the return should by rights be equally massive. Compared to the alternatives, it should ideally be:

  • Safer
  • Faster
  • Lower cost
  • More convenient
  • Immune to weather
  • Sustainably self-powering
  • Resistant to Earthquakes
  • Not disruptive to those along the route

Is there truly a new mode of transport – a fifth mode after planes, trains, cars and boats – that meets those criteria and is practical to implement?


The Hyperloop (or something similar) is, in my opinion, the right solution for the specific case of high traffic city pairs that are less than about 1500 km or 900 miles apart.

An ambitious idea from a man that has proven on several occasions that he is capable of disrupting well-established industries. Read the full design study here.

(Via The Verge)


A physicist explains the three biggest challenges for the Hyperloop. Thanks to Matt for pointing this out.