Hyping the Hyperloop!
You’ve been there. Not getting anywhere because you’re stuck in endless traffic.
Then you have that fantasy … your car sprouts helicopter rotor blades, lifts you up over the traffic and you fly off to your destination. Bye-bye traffic.
Except we rarely ever actually do anything to solve the problem.
According to the Texas Traffic Institute, every hour you sit in traffic costs you $21. That’s money you could have been making at work and money you could have been saving on gas. On average, a person is stuck in 34 hours of traffic each year, even more if you live in places like New York and Los Angeles. That’s a lot! And if you consider that thousands of people are stuck in traffic for hours every day … thats a lot of time, money, and energy wasted.
Billionaire/Inventor Elon Musk was one of those people stuck in a traffic jam, an hour late for an important meeting when thought “there has got to be a better way!”
So he thought that the Hyperloop would be a good solution. You may remember a version of it in the Polar Express. Someone actually built a version of it about a hundred years ago, but that person was a bit ahead of his time as it didn’t catch on.
Basically, it would be like speeding along in a tube as if you were on an air hockey table … going 700 miles per hour! Perhaps not for the claustrophobic (people who don’t do well in small, enclosed spaces) but it sure sounds fast, fun … and efficient.
And just this month one of the companies trying to make it work, Hyperloop One , had a successful test of the some of the components!
Back to the future … here we come!
P.S. Today’s post is dedicated to Mrs. McPhaul’s class in Maryland 🙂