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Old 09-14-2017, 10:00 PM
 
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You're right, 35 semi-finalists just became 10 finalists. For now, until projects get funded.


Stated goal of delivering fully functions system within 3.5 years according to Wikipedia. A very short system at a port facility was mentioned as advancing more quickly than other options. But talking about monster projects and semi-finalists and finalists all over the globe helps raise capital... to be spent and to price earlier equity stakes.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Honestly, I put way more faith in driverless car technology than the hyperloop. If the hyperloop suffers a decompression failure everyone in the tube will be killed by rapid deceleration and/or the shockwave generated by air rushing in at the speed of sound. Everyone. It will be 100% fatal.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:37 PM
 
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At their website, they have a tool to help people imagine how fast they might be able to travel... if they achieve their goals. But when they haven't quite achieved 30% of their speed projection, I get concerned about the sales approach and think..."Monorail! Monorail!"


A short distance test moving goods would make sense to run for years before massive projects for people. Same for driverless cars imo.
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Old 09-15-2017, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Way back in the 70s, I went to a presentation by Bill Lear. He had been a pioneer in both aircraft design and electronics. He and another guy named Paul Galvin started Motorola.

Bill Lear's then recent advance was the Lear Jet. He had to overcome skepticism about its viability because "everybody" knew that nobody would be willing to pay the cost of a private jet. But his reasoning was simple.

If you study the advances in transportation, from walking to bicycling, to rail roads, to airplanes, then to jet aircraft, at every point, people were demanding to go faster. He bet that corporations would pay the price and he was right.

Although the Hyperloop sounds far out now, just wait until its viability is proven by an actual working prototype.
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Old 09-15-2017, 07:41 AM
 
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They said they could have one of these ready to go as early as 2020.
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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The hyperloop would hyper charge real estate markets all along the front range I'm sold. Lets hope the science pans out.
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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The hyperloop would hyper charge real estate markets all along the front range I'm sold. Lets hope the science pans out.
I did find myself thinking about that. If the price of taking the hyperloop were to be reasonable--say, $2 a segment, or an unlimited monthly pass for $100/month, something like that--would it change where people in Colorado choose to live? How would it affect local public transportation (lightrail, bus service), since more people would need those expanded if instead of driving around, say, Denver to get from home to work, they moved down to Pueblo, took the hyperloop up to Denver, but then needed a ride from the Denver HL stop to wherever they work?
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:18 PM
 
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The hyperloop would hyper charge real estate markets all along the front range I'm sold. Lets hope the science pans out.
If Musk conceptualizes it, it will come.
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:20 PM
 
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If the price of taking the hyperloop were to be reasonable--say, $2 a segment, or an unlimited monthly pass for $100/month, something like that--
You must be joking. You can't get into a taxi for $2.
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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If Musk conceptualizes it, it will come.
Musk is an absolute genius so glad I own some TSLA stock thinking about picking up a model s as well beautiful car.
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