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The hyperloop idea that Elon Musk announced to the public is making some baby steps towards becoming a reality. Okay, so no one is talking about how any kind of new train system still needs to get land use rights and political approval, but the technology is inching its way towards becoming more than just an idea on paper. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: elon musk, high speed rail, hyperloop, inductrack, magnetic levitation, magnets, transportation, vactrain
Companies: hendo, hyperloop one, hyperloop transportation technologies

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 13 May 2016 @ 7:26am

    Okay, so no one is talking about how any kind of new train system still needs to get land use rights and political approval

    It always surprises me, and depresses me just a little, to see people say things like this. "Yeah, the Hyperloop sounds like a good idea, except for how they aren't considering [insert incredibly obvious thing here]."

    Does anyone really believe that? Does any rational person truly think that you can get together hundreds of very smart engineers to solve a specific problem, and they'll somehow all overlook something so obvious than John Q. Random Outsider notices it in an instant?

    Simply because they're not discussing land use deals and political approval in public--because the relevant negotiations are still underway--doesn't mean it's not happening.

    Also, some people actually are talking about it publicly.

    For example, HTT (the company that didn't just waste a bunch of time and money on a publicity stunt sending a pod up to an astounding 100 MPH--which my car could match without breaking a sweat--out in the middle of nowhere) is working on building an actual, functioning Hyperloop in Quay Valley, CA, with construction expected to begin later this year and opening for business by 2018.

    They've also announced a major deal to build Hyperloops to connect several major European cities. This is something that's really happening, a lot faster than most people realize!

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