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New technology could cut travel time significantly
Imagine commuting from New York to Los Angeles in less than an hour. Well a technology giant is looking at ways to reinvent mass transportation. Maggie Lake takes a look at what that new method might look like.
It sounds like something out of the cartoon show, The Jetsons: A space-age method of transport that could one day get you from San Francisco to LA. In 30 minutes.
I met up with science writer Brian merchant inside the old school New York City subway system-- to get the real hyper loop scoop.
Reporter: What do we think it might be like? It's supposed to be nothing like the infrastructure we're used to, right?"
Brian Merchant: Right, so he says its going to be the fifth mode of transportation, like nothing we've seen before."
Reporter: Hopefully nothing like this, so what would it look like?
Brian Merchant: So the smart moneys says it'll look something like a pneumatic tube, sort of like an enclosed tube, and we just blast air through that kind of like, you know those old school mail systems when you stuff the package up and it gets sucked up. We're going to be launched from this rail gun. Boom! You're off -- 600 miles per hour!
Reporter: So Im imagining my face. Is this going to be something I want to ride on?
Brian Merchant: I think so, because in a controlled environment, speed itself doesn't actually impact human health.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has released plans for the solar powered, hyperloop including pictures of what passenger capsules might look like.
Musk envisions them as illuminum pods that travel on a cushion of air inside steel tubes. Musk says he might be even be willing to build a prototype to get the ball rolling. But whether the project can truly get off the ground is another story.
"We're going to have some serious not in my backyard problems, said Musk.
But all of us stuck in traffic jams, air delays and stinky subways can dream, can't we?
"I love it, it is the voice that is needed to move us forward -- somebody that says these old ways aren't working. Old transit is kinda boring, it's inefficient. Why don't we leapfrog all that with something radical?"
We'll see if Elon Musk can take radical and turn it into reality.