Elon Musk’s Hyperloop
- Product Type: Public Transport
In Japan, it is well known that they have a fast travel service called the bullet train that moves incredibly fast. Other nations have even invested in them as well, but the United States has yet to really do anything like that. Elon Musk felt that this could be improved upon and invested in the Hyperloop which he hyped as “a fifth mode of transport.” He teased it for months in 2013 before unveiling the concept to the world. The system supposedly used pressurized tubes to propel pods across the country at a speed of roughly 700 mph. Yet this back-of-the-napkin sketch could never work according to engineers. The concept had several structural problems, and the cost to do it would be extreme. This led to the Hyperloop becoming one of Musk’s failed tech products before it any rail was laid out.