Elon Musk, the poster boy for future tech, hasn't given much attention to hyperloop, even though SpaceX, one of three companies he leads, currently owns the trademark. But that all looks set to change. Bloomberg is reporting that Musk plans to use The Boring Company, another of his companies, to build an underground hyperloop across several American states.
Musk is currently CEO of three companies: Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company. The latter is designing a tunnel boring system which will be able to dig under Los Angeles and "solve" the city's chronic traffic congestion issues by using underground platforms to transport cars through the tunnels at speeds of more than 100 MPH. Bloomberg's report says that Musk now wants to build large underground tunnels across US state lines, linking major cities to a hyperloop system.
Musk has a reputation for setting hugely ambitious goals, such as getting humans to Mars by 2025. The hyperloop project is not quite as outlandish, and The Boring Company is supposed to be exploring how to build underground tunnels at a cost-effective price. Yet Musk previously complained, when publishing a white paper on hyperloop and other documents, that he did not have enough time between Tesla and SpaceX to work on building out the hyperloop.
Other companies building hyperloop systems at the moment -- including Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies -- are making slow but steady progress on the technology underpinning the transport system. Hyperloop One has tested a passenger pod using a five-mile test track set up in the desert near Las Vegas, recording a speed of 192 MPH. Even so, that is nowhere near the speeds of 760 MPH that Musk anticipated in his white paper.
The latest report suggests Musk has changed his mind about not having enough time to build a hyperloop. But then this is Musk -- it's hard to know what he's planning, most of the time.