07 Dec '17, 3pm

Now There's Even a Hyperloop Think Tank

The Hyperloop became a thing some four years ago when Elon Musk first talked about whisking passenger-carrying pods through evacuated tubes at near-sonic speeds. It has since followed the natural progression from notion to concept to idea…to think tank. The think tank is called the Hyperloop Advanced Research Partnership (HARP ), and it means to look into not only the technological but also the economic, legal and social sides of Elon Musk’s proposal. And its preliminary conclusion is that the Hyperloop won’t replace existing systems of transport so much as augment them. “We have to integrate with rail, trucking and other modes, leaving us with a hybrid mixture,” Dane Egli, president of HARP, said yesterday at a press conference in New York City. “A Hyperloop—over a long distance, at high speed—may, when it gets to the city, link with a bullet train.” And, just as was the ...

Full article: https://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/...

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