Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, plans for a “fifth mode of transport”, the Hyperloop, that could take passengers and cars from Los Angeles to San Francisco in less than 30 minutes.
Musk says “Hyperloop is considered an open source transportation concept”.
Recently, Musk posted his proposal in a 57 page white paper which spells out his vision to link cities of up to 900 miles that have high amount of traffic between them. According to the plans Hyperloop would transport passengers in individual aluminium pods travelling up to 800mph in two steel tubes, one for each direction would be mounted on pylons spaced between 50 and 100 meters apart, and Musk envisions the Hyperloop running alongside Interstate 5 in California, and would have solar panels mounted on the roof. The estimated cost would be $6 billion for passenger-only model or $7.5 billion for the larger model capable of transporting cars.
Inside the tubes, each pod would be mounted with a ski, and air being pumped through small holes in the skis to create an air cushion, combined with magnet and an electomagnetic field to achieve levitation with very little friction. The front and back of the pod would be mounted with compressor fans , actively transferring air from the front to the back to propel the pod, gaining and sustaining momentum. Musk said that he have no immediate plans to build the Hyperloop himself. Instead he has said he may attempt to build a small-scale prototype but will rely on others to take the idea through to completion.