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Elon Musk reveals first high-speed Boring tunnel under LA will open soon

The Independent - Tech

A two-mile tunnel capable of transporting people at up to 155 mph under the city of Los Angeles is set to open in December, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has announced. The tunnel is the first major project of The Boring Company, a startup born out of Mr Musk's frustration with LA traffic. Responding to questions on Twitter on Sunday, Mr Musk revealed that the tunnel will open on 10 December, with free rides available for the public the following day. When asked if this date represented "real time or Elon time" – referencing his notoriously over-ambitious schedules – he replied "I think real." LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes: Paypal founder Elon Musk unveils 800mph Hyperloop'trains' LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes: Paypal founder Elon Musk unveils 800mph Hyperloop'trains' A sketch of billionaire Elon Musk's proposed "Hyperloop" transport system A sketch of billionaire U.S. entrepreneur Elon Musk's proposed "Hyperloop" transport system A sketch of billionaire Elon Musk's proposed "Hyperloop" transport system A sketch of billionaire U.S. entrepreneur Elon Musk's proposed "Hyperloop" transport system The test tunnel stretches under LA from the SpaceX car park and connects to the surface via a lift up to a garage of a house in Hawthorne, California.



India announces a 400 km/h Hyperloop transport system

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A 250mph (400 km/kh) Hyperloop transport system is to be constructed in southeast India. The Hyperloop pods will travel around 25 miles (40 km) in just six minutes between the city centres of Vijaywada and Amaravati. The journey through the state of Andhra Pradesh, which has a population of 50 million people, normally takes over an hour by car. A 250 mph (400 kph) Hyperloop system is to built in southeast India. Los Angeles firm Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced today it has signed an agreement with Indian officials.


Virgin Hyperloop: We've just completed first test with human passengers

ZDNet

Virgin Hyperloop has conducted the first test run with human passengers at its DevLoop track in the desert just outside Las Vegas. On Sunday's test run, the two passengers in the hyperloop pod were Josh Giegel, Virgin Hyperloop's co-founder and chief technology officer, and Sara Luchian, the company's director of passenger experience. The company has carried out over 400 unmanned tests, with its first manned test propelling the pair in the new XP-2 pod inside a vacuum tube at 107mph around the 500-meter, 547-yard, track. "With today's successful test, we have shown that this spirit of innovation will in fact change the way people everywhere live, work, and travel in the years to come," said Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder. SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk outlined his ideas for a hyperloop transport system in a 2013 paper, Hyperloop Alpha.


Will this be the world's first Hyperloop?

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Officials in India will soon be taking bidding for the construction of a functional hyperloop system running from Pune-to-Mumbai. The ultra-fast, futuristic transportation system has been designated a'public infrastructure project', funded by the successful bidder. There are still many hurdles to overcome, such as certifying the hyperloop as safe for human passengers. Virgin Hyperloop One is one of the handful of companies working to turn Elon Musk's dream of supersonic travel through vacuum tubes a reality. Richard Branson's transportation venture and its partner DP World are the originators of the multi billion-dollar project, in the western district of Maharashtra, according to the Verge.