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Hyperloop announcement

Elon Musk is detailing his plans for the hyperloop transportation system.

  • charles.cooper 8/12/2013 9:25:15 PM
    I suppose a company would be created. I'm sort of less concerned about that than in figuring out the technical details.
  • Paul Sloan 8/12/2013 9:25:39 PM
    He makes it all sound like a super-side project.
  • Paul Sloan 8/12/2013 9:26:01 PM
    Q: Have design plans changed at all based on feedback that you've gotten?
  • masimons 8/12/2013 9:26:11 PM
    Divert CA high speed rail funding to this, Musk can staff it. Have CA vote for more taxes to pay for it.
  • Paul Sloan 8/12/2013 9:27:21 PM
    Q: How do you get this built -- in terms of right of way issues?
  • theagent 8/12/2013 9:27:27 PM
    Would be intrigued by the economic upheaval/benefits that a 30 minute LA -> SF commute would have. Any thoughts on that type of disruption?
  • charles.cooper 8/12/2013 9:27:40 PM
    The demonstration project - we'd decouple that from anything that requires a big government approval process.
  • KingofShaves 8/12/2013 9:28:02 PM
    amazing vision. makes sense. love that people like EM have the balls to think about future yet realisable projects like this.
  • charles.cooper 8/12/2013 9:28:22 PM
    You'd want to be able to iterate quickly on the designs...before putting it near something like the i5 (that's a major north-south artery in California, for you out-of-staters.)
  • Paul Sloan 8/12/2013 9:29:17 PM
    Q: Would there be problems making turns? On curvy portions of the highway -- I-5?
  • charles.cooper 8/12/2013 9:30:21 PM
    Most of the ride could follow the i5, he says. But there is a tricky portion near LA, he said, where the answer would be to tunnel through hills. Ditto the same heading north near Hayward, a suburb of San Francisco.
  • charles.cooper 8/12/2013 9:30:47 PM
    This is designed more like an aircraft, Musk says.
  • charles.cooper 8/12/2013 9:31:49 PM
    Would be cool to see some sort of transport happen as a result of the idea, according to Musk.
  • Paul Sloan 8/12/2013 9:31:52 PM
    Q: How long would it take to make a demo of the size you've got in mind?
  • charles.cooper 8/12/2013 9:32:20 PM
    Estimates that he could finish the job in one to two years if it was his top priority. Otherwise, he esimates three to four years to complete the project.
  • Paul Sloan 8/12/2013 9:32:41 PM
    Q: How many people did you have on the project?
  • Paul Sloan 8/12/2013 9:32:53 PM
    Q: How long did this design take?
  • charles.cooper 8/12/2013 9:33:21 PM
    Said about "a little over a dozen" people were involved in the project but called it "a background task" where it wasn't anyone's full-time job. They got involved with Musk about 10 months ago, he said.
  • charles.cooper 8/12/2013 9:33:49 PM
    Engineers came from both SpaceX and Tesla.
  • theagent 8/12/2013 9:34:29 PM
    The idea that I could be leave my office in LA and have a dinner date with my wife at let's say, "French Laundry" in less time then it take for me to get to Santa Monica is disruption at its pinnacle.
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