San Francisco to Los Angeles in just 30 minutes? It sounds crazy but it's going to be a reality in the not-so-distant future. Elon Musk's Hyperloop is set to begin the first part of their construction in Quay Valley, California this summer, according to Condé Nast Traveler.
Hyperloop is the new high-speed transit system that will put passengers in a low-pressure vacuum tube, traveling at the speed of sound. It won't be affected by weather, outside conditions or human error. It's completely sustainable, running only on solar, wind and kinetic energy. It's the brainchild of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who was inspired to create the transit system after observing the pneumatic tubes that sometimes transport mail in office buildings.
The CEO of Hyperloop, Dirk Ahlborn, confirmed that the first five-mile stretch of the project will begin mid-2016, and they expect it to be completed by 2018. There are also plans to construct Hyperloop systems in Slovakia, and potentially Austria and Hungary as well. The San Francisco to L.A. project does not yet have a completion date, but Musk has previously commented that it could be completed within a decade.
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