The Hyperloop would transport people, say, from Los Angeles, California, to San Francisco, California, in about 30 minutes - a 400-mile (645-kilometer) trip that normally would take about six hours by car and one hour by airplane.
The conceptual design of the Hyperloop passenger transport capsule is shown above, courtesy of Elon Musk and SpaceX.
This Hyperloop system is similar to the familiar pneumatic tubes -- only much larger -- which offices use to transport paperwork within buildings.
The capsules would be inside a tube that is nearly devoid of atmosphere. They would go from one location to another by magnetic forces.
Musk states, “The Hyperloop (or something similar) is, in my opinion, the right solution for the specific case of high traffic city pairs that are less than about 1500 km or 900 miles apart. Around that inflection point, I suspect that supersonic air travel ends up being faster and cheaper.”
And, “With a high enough altitude and the right geometry, the sonic boom noise on the ground would be no louder than current airliners, so that isn’t a showstopper. Also, a quiet supersonic plane immediately solves every long distance city pair without the need for a vast new worldwide infrastructure.”
For more on this story, please read the AutoWeek.com article “Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop”.