January 9, 2016

...AND CHEAPER...:

The Hyperloop Is Finally Being Built -- See the Photos Here (Ruth Reader, January 8, 2016, Yahoo)
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A series of pipes that just arrived in a Nevada desert could be the future of transportation in the U.S.

Hyperloop Technologies is starting to test a high-speed transit system that doesn't involve railways, according to a new video from CNNMoney. The Hyperloop technology was first outlined by Elon Musk in 2013.

What is the Hyperloop? Potentially the fastest-ever way to travel. The basic principles are this: Rather than using rail and a train, the Hyperloop uses a long, depressurized tube to shoot a cylindrical pod carrying people or goods 700 miles per hour to a given destination. CEO of Hyperloop Technologies Rob Lloyd tells CNNMoney the fundamentals are actually quite simple. 

"You just remove the pressure from an enclosed environment -- you can think of that as a tube. You remove the friction of wheels by levitating that pod inside the tube, and then it takes a very little amount of energy to move that pod at incredible speed," he says.

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