In 2013, Elon Musk, in all his free time when he’s not running Tesla, SpaceX, or talking about human-computer brain interfaces and the artificial-intelligence singularity, wrote a white paper in which he outlined something called the “Hyperloop.” Hyperloop, if you don’t recall, is a conceptual terrestrial high-speed transport system that shoots humans through tubes at airliner speeds. No big deal.
Musk challenged companies to follow through on the technology and, so far, it’s all been talk. But if Los Angeles startup Hyperloop One has anything to do with it, we could see Hyperloop routes in as many as 11 US locations.
That’s because at their two-day event this week in Washington DC called “Vision in America,” the company evaluated 11 US route proposals from a crowdsourcing campaign. They received over 2,600 submissions, and the final 11 are the ones being taken very, very seriously.
They include the folloowing routes: from Providence, Rhode Island to Boston; from Houston to Cheyenne, Wyoming; from Kansas City to St. Louis; from Miami to Orlando; from San Diego to Los Angeles; from Las Vegas to Reno; from Chicago to Pittsburgh; from Eugene to Seattle; from Pueblo to Cheyenne and from Laredo to Dallas.
According to Hyperloop, they’ll select two or three routes and go from there based on geography and local government approval.
Here’s to traveling in tubes!