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Elon Musk's LA tunnel turns Teslas into an underground train | Engadget Today

Tonight The Boring Company hosted a launch event for the test tunnel it successfully built in LA running from SpaceX's property to O'Leary Station at a reported cost of about $10 million. In tweets, he showed off a Model X equipped with gear that guides the car between elevators at each end of the tunnel, where it then simply drives right back onto the road. The rig itself is really just a set of wheels, and TechCrunch reports that Musk said during a media briefing that they will be available as an aftermarket add-on for $200 to $300.

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Elon Musk's New Tunnel Concept

The Boring Company's New Tunnel Concept
-Elon Musk’s new company The Boring Company reveals their ambitious tunneling project.
-The Boring Company is setting out to build a 3d network of tunnels to alleviate transportation congestion.
-Elon Musk struggles with traffic in Los Angeles and wants to change that way people travel removing the stress of waiting in traffic.
-Street level elevators will move cars down to a tunnel at which point the car skate that the car was lowered on will navigate the tunnel, no driving required!
-As soon as this project takes off it’ll be good to be an elevator technician.
-Top speeds of 200 km/h or 124 mph
-Elon Musk has started the Boring Company as a hobby more or less and has purchased some used boring equipment. The company takes around 2-3% of his time and is worked on by some interns and part time by some Tesla staff.
-The Boring Company has a pet snail named “Gary” after the snail from SpongeBob Squarepants. -Gary travels 14x faster than current boring machines. The company’s goal is to beat Gary or increase tunnel boring speed by over 14x.
-Elon doesn’t see a future of flying cars everywhere as they would generate a lot of noise, and further increase stress and anxiety of travel. Having thousands of objects in the air overhead will add the potential of those objects coming down and doing harm to people and property where a tunnel would contain any accident within it’s own little area.
-Currently mines on Earth are far deeper than skyscrapers are tall, with humanity’s current technology it makes much more sense to go underground than above ground.
-Elon envisions combining these transport tunnels with the hyperloop idea.
-Tunnels being dug only a 4x the diameter of the tunnel deep won’t be felt or heard above ground. -Civilization wouldn’t even know there is construction going on below.
-Part of the motivation to build these tunnels comes from the fact that autonomous driving will actually increase the number of cars on the road. Elon’s plans for having Tesla cars driving around like driverless Uber's will at some point make bus travel more expense as more and more Tesla’s hit the road.

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Watch the Hyperloop Complete Its First Successful Test Ride | WIRED

The Hyperloop is one step closer to becoming a reality. If it works, the new form of transportation could mean a journey from LA to San Francisco city would take just 50 minutes.

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Paid Post - Hyperloop: designing the future of transport? | Industrial Tech

Elon Musk hopes to revolutionise public transport with Hyperloop - a system capable of speeds of more than 1200 kilometres per hour with zero emissions. Musk’s company Space X is running a student competition to advance the technology. Hyperloop UPV, a team from the Technical University of Valencia in Spain, are working round the clock testing all the key components of their pod, which they hope will propel them to victory.

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Hyperloop Hotel - Futuristic Concept Builds on Elon Musk’s high-speed transport tunnel

HYPERLOOP HOTEL

When you go out of town, you usually need to buy a few nights at a hotel in addition to a plane, train, or bus ticket.

Brandan Siebrecht, a graduate architecture student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, wants to combine these components into one experience. He designed what he calls the “ Hyperloop Hotel,” a system that would feature a transit system and 13 hotels in different cities throughout the United States.

Siebrecht is the student winner of this year’s Radical Innovation Award , a competition for imaginative hotel designs. In June, a jury of seven hotel investors, developers, and architects selected Driftscape as the one of two finalists out of over 65 submissions from 24 countries.

The futuristic concept would eliminate the need to buy separate transit tickets for most of the largest cities in the US. It calls for hotels in 13 locations — Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Sante Fe, Austin, Chicago, Nashville, Washington DC, New York City, and Boston — which would all be connected by a “Hyperloop system.”

The design was inspired by DevLoop, a real test track for Hyperloop One being developed north of Las Vegas. A concept first introduced by Tesla CEO Elon Musk in 2013, a hyperloop is a mode of transportation that would propel a pod-like vehicle through a reduced-pressure tube. Hyperloop One wants the system to be energy-efficient, autonomous, and quicker than a plane.
Though the project is still conceptual and has experienced delays, the start-up has said its goal is to deliver a fully operational system by 2020.

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For a flat fee of $1200, Hyperloop Hotel guests would be able to zoom quickly between the network of cities, all while never leaving their room, Siebrecht tells Business Insider. He hasn’t estimated what each night would cost yet.

Siebrecht said, Guests would be able to travel to any hotel destination within the network and even visit multiple destinations in a single day.

The size of the modular hotels, which Siebrecht estimates would cost around $10 million each to build, would depend on the location. Hotels in dense cities would likely have smaller footprints than ones in less dense areas.

Guest suites would be made of re-purposed shipping containers that Siebrecht says would be “outfitted for luxury.” Each would include an office, a living room with a flatscreen TV, a bedroom, and a bathroom.

There are no concrete plans to build the first Hyperloop Hotel, since the technology and infrastructure it would require doesn’t actually exist.
Siebrecht believes construction of his hotel concept could be feasible within the next five to 10 years.

“I believe the Hyperloop One is the next big innovation in transportation in the United States and possibly the world,” he said. “I wanted to explore ways in which this technology could transform the overall travel experience and hospitality.

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Elon Musk's Hyperloop Mass Transit Concept Is Now Even More Complicated

Elon Musk Boring Company explained that the focus of the company’s Los Angeles and East Coast projects—a massive and complicated network of intercity Hyperloop tubes and intracity transport systems that zip around high-speed electromagnetic sleds—is now shifting to make their priorities moving people, not private vehicles. Musk said that he now considers it a “matter of courtesy & fairness” and that the network won’t move cars until after it is already brimming with train car-style pods. Of course, this is Musk we’re talking about, so the new concept still comes in at a seemingly implausible scale. Rather than a small number of big stations “like a subway,” the urban loop system will “have 1000's of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city.” Challenged on whether he is just talking about an underground bus, Musk responded, “I guess you could say it’s a 150 mph, underground, autonomous, electric bus that automatically switches between tunnels and lifts. So, yes, a bus.”



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Hyperloop - ultra high-speed public transport unveiled by Elon Musk - Truthloader

The Hyperloop, a near-supersonic transport system has been unveiled by SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk. The incredible transport plan could send the general public between cities by hurtling them through a long tube in pods that float on air.

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What's The Future Of Transport? Elon Musk's Underground Hyperloop

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Elon Musk's Boring Company originated with a drive to reduce city congestion. CEO Musk's initial idea was to transport cars through the tunnels on electric sleds.
 
As of 2018, that focus has shifted. Elon Musk Tweeted to announce that The Boring Company's focus would shift to mass transportation. This is a shift from its interest in individual vehicle usage.

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Reportedly, work has already been completed on a 305-feet (100 meter) tunnel. The tunnel's entrance is at Musk’s SpaceX HQ in Hawthorne, California. SpaceX has the green light to increase this tunnel by 2 miles toward LAX.
 
SpaceX plans to build a grid of low-cost, fast-to-dig tunnels. The city “Loop” will consist of pressurized tunnels with pods on electric skates traveling over 125 mph. The “Hyperloop” will be for long-distance travel in straight lines, such as NYC to DC. The Hyperloop will use pressurized pods in a depressurized tunnel to permit speeds of over 600 mph .
 
Whether the project comes to fruition comes back to cost. Radical improvements can come to tunneling technology. Still, building infrastructure size will be expensive. Really expensive. That means a successful Hyperloop will need government subsidy, and thus political will.
 
Benefits of the Hyperloop
 
Who wouldn’t want to be whisked from A to B at 600 mph in a vacuum tube? 29-minutes between the US capital of Washington, D.C. and New York City!
 
Experts from NASA, the US Department of Transport, and Hamburg University theorized the possibilities. The technology could be cheaper and greener in comparison to short-haul flights. The Hyperloop could be more environmentally friendly than long truck journeys, too.
 
Other Hyperloops
 
Musk’s company isn’t the only one thinking of Hyperloops.
 
In 2017, Richard Branson's company partly funded Virgin Hyperloop. Virgin Hyperloop successfully tested full-scale pods with speeds reaching 190 miles per hour.
 
Hyperloops are a global phenomenon. Hyperloop lines are proposed to link Abu Dhabi and Dubai, two of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. More projects are proposed for European capitals Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest, and several cities in Mexico.
 
The Future of Transportation
 
What made The Boring Company’s system different from a conventional subway? Some argue it was their transporting cars via electric sleds. With The Boring Company’s new concept of public transport, some envisioned a fancy subway train.
 
Unscheduled high-speed transport promises more than simply an enhanced subway. It promises with smaller entrances and exits taking up surface area.
 
The Hyperloop can reinvent transport and forever change the obstacles of time. Tunnels can provide greener travel alternatives. Soon we all might rethink our perception of distance.

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Magnetic levitation — also known as MagLev — is used all around the world to power high speed trains. It's also the technology Elon Musk wants to use to power his Hyperloop concept. The US Air Force is also working on developing the technology, and they just set a high speed world record.

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How will people travel in the future? | The Economist

From flying cars to pods that travel at over 1,000kph, revolutionary new ways to travel are being dreamed up by ambitious companies. But which pioneering visions are most likely to take off?

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Hollywood movies have envisaged a future of hoverboards and flying cars - these imaginary machines might not be too far from reality. By 2030 a quarter of shared passenger miles traveled on America's roads could be in self-driving vehicles. It's believed eight out of ten people will be using Robotaxis in cities where available by 2035. There will also be more emphasis on sharing journeys. All this could reduce the number of cars on city streets by 60 percent, emissions by 80 percent, and road accidents by 90 percent.

And then there are flying cars - or more accurately - passenger drones and helicopter hybrids. Uber is investing heavily in this technology. Los Angeles, Dallas, and some states in Australia could see test flights within a couple of years - but these cross city flights will require changes to air traffic control systems, which will probably take longer to develop than the flying vehicles themselves.

Traveling across country could be far quicker too. China is leading the world in high-speed bullet trains that are capable of traveling over 400 kilometres per hour. By 2020, 80 percent of the country's major cities could be linked to the network. But for high-speed travel, the ambitious Hyperloop could leave bullet trains in the dust. It's an ambitious system in which pods move along tubes in a mere vacuum. The lack of air resistance means pods could reach speeds of over 1,000 kilometers per hour.

Virgin wants to deliver a fully operational Hyperloop system by the mid-2020s. The company claims its Hyperloop pods could travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 30 minutes. But the potential dangers of travel at such great speeds, and the cost, mean the Hyperloop will not be a reality for decades.

In the air, the makers of supersonic jets are promising to slash travel times too. Arion wants to carry 12 passengers in luxury at 1.4 times the speed of sound - about 60% faster than typical aircraft today, and rival Boom hopes to be flying its supersonic airliner by 2023, carrying 55 passengers up to 2.2 times the speed of sound.

Skeptics say these ideas are impractical and expensive, with many technical challenges to overcome. Despite this, tech and engineering companies are boldly taking up the challenges of passenger transit - promising to propel us into the future

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UNSW Hyperloop

Engineering students from UNSW Sydney are hoping their designs for a high-speed Hyperloop pod will catapult them to the attention of Elon Musk.

Being the only team to represent Australia at the Hyperloop Pod Competition 2019 in California, the UNSW Hyperloop team – who refer to themselves as Loopers – will be pitting their engineering, design and technology skills against 19 of the most prestigious universities in the world.

On July 21 this year, the prototype pods of 20 university teams will whoosh through a mile-long vacuum tube and will be judged on one criteria: maximum speed, which includes a successful deceleration to finish within 30m of the end of the tube.

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What exactly is Elon Musk's Hyperloop

The 67 billion dollar California high-speed rail system is an old solution to an even older problem. In hopes of creating an innovative new way to move people in between San Francisco and Los Angles, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his own concept, the Hyperloop which he claims will be faster and more efficient.

Instead of attempting to develop, test and build the Hyperloop himself, Elon Musk made his ideas and research public, for anyone to use. The Hyperloop is now being developed by a handful of groups and testing is expected to begin in 2016.

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Virgin Hyperloop One Roadshow: New York

Virgin Hyperloop One launched a first-of-its kind U.S. roadshow to bring its XP-1 hyperloop pod to communities across the United States and start a dialogue about the power of this new form of mass transportation. XP-1 was in Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York during Climate Week to spark conversations about the future of sustainable mass transportation.

WARR Hyperloop Pod winning SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

WARR Hyperloop Pod, designed by Technical University of Munich (Germany), at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Weekend II, 25-27 August 2017, reached a maximum speed of 324 km/h

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