Back in 2013, when tech entrepreneur Elon Musk first proposed the idea of a high-speed underground “Hyperloop” transportation system, it seemed like a wild and far-in-the-future idea. But only four years later, we’re already seeing working prototypes of the technology capable of reaching nearly 200 miles per hour. But how soon will it be until we’re actually riding pods across the country?
The short answer is, not for a while. We may see some limited versions of hyperloop in service by as early as 2021, according to one of the companies working on it, Hyperloop One. What’s unclear right now is where they’ll go and whether they’ll be as fast and go as far as the original plan suggested. Elon Musk seems optimistic that there’ll be a system in place in Texas, and he’s started a new firm, The Boring Company, in order to create the tunnels to facilitate the project. Costs to make the infrastructure have been said to be somewhere around $52 million to $121 million per mile depending on the location.
In other words, if you’re making travel plans for the next few years, you don’t need to worry about including hyperloop tickets in your plans anytime soon.
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