While global auto industry leaders are gearing towards further improvement of their brands, Elon Musk's concept of another kind of transport via tubes first came to public knowledge in 2013. Three years after, what was written in black and white could now be a possibility.
Hyperloop Technologies CTO Brogan BamBrogan told an audience at the SAE World Congress in Detroit recently that his company is in the works at developing Musk's hyperloop concept, Forbes reported. The Los Angeles-based company has been one of many companies not only showing interest in the Tesla CEO's advance transport idea, but rather has been actually doing something to make it a reality.
The company also mentioned that a 3-km long tube somewhere in the Nevada desert is undergoing construction over what would end up as a primary commercial route expected to complete by 2020. Yet, a whole magnitude of work is still needed prior to its first test with live people.
The hyperloop is said to use pods which would be transported through a network of near-vacuum metal tubes going thousands of long distances. Acceleration would be made possible with an electromagnetic propel system, and the near-zero pressure inside keeps the aerodynamics to a minimum allowing the pod to travel less an added push for thousands of miles, according to the publication.
In other news, a crowdfunding campaign in the form of a beta version of a hyperloop game has been released by rLoop, according to TheVerge. Behind the said game are a team of enthusiasts and Hyperloop engineers who are hoping to raise around $66,000 and use the proceeds to complete their own prototype of the tube transport for SpaceX's Hyperloop demo later this year, after taking part in the pod design contest a few months back. The tracks where the pod entries would be tested is still undergoing completion according to SpaceX.