Everyone loves to take a luxury vacation from their hard work every once-in-a-while. But for some, the sad reality is that they simply can’t afford to take a plane or go on a cruise. Instead, their trips have to be more modest, which usually means they’ll be driving to their destination. And driving means wasted time out of the fun in the vacation. With life in the 21st century however, there’s always a way to solve these so-called problems.
Hyperloop One is one of the hottest topics you may hear about endlessly in the summer of 2017, and most definitely for many more years to come. Why, you may ask? Three words… High-Speed Transportation. During the summer this year, Hyperloop will host a competition where thousands of engineers will strive to create an efficient, safe, and clean prototype of the first 700 MPH transportation train that could take tourists the same distance as planes, at the same speed, for five percent of the cost. In the CEO of Hyperloop, Rob Lloyd’s words, “We’re not saving you money; we’re saving you time.” Time does play a huge role in the high-speed train, but to be completely honest, it also saves you a lot of money.
"We're not saving you money; we're saving you time."
While the competition is intended to find the ideal prototype, there is already a prototype that Hyperloop has created in a joint-project with SpaceX, the same company who will launch the Falcon 9 to create the first human civilization on Mars in 2020. Hyperloop came up with the idea and SpaceX is there to help create the technology needed at a cost-effective price. And if there’s anyone who knows how to create innovative technology at cost-effective prices, it’s the CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, the same guy who founded PayPal, Tesla, SolarCity, Neuralink and an entire list of other successful companies. Even though it’s hard to imagine anyone creating a better prototype than these two companies in a partnership project, both companies know that their prototype is far from perfect. Their reason to create the competition is to find that one prototype that outshines their own.
It’s not clear when exactly you’ll see Hyperloop One trains regularly, but what is clear, is that you’ll definitely see them around within the next decade. If you’re not satisfied enough, you could always move to southern California. The first Hyperloop train that you’ll see will most likely be in Los Angeles, a couple years before you’ll see one in other places, considering it’s the city where Hyperloop One was founded back in 2014.
The 21st century has seen technological revolutions in telecommunications, automobiles and aircraft, which seems normal, if not, expected. What many may have not expected however, is a revamp and a transformation of the railroad industry, which in the meantime, looks to have potential of outcompeting the air-transportation industry. While most of us expected to see new inventions of spacecraft, the more logical and down-to-earth ideas of recreating what we already have have been growing right before our eyes.
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