(Here’s another video about ET3 if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03kVU2FYl6U#t=156)
In case you haven’t guessed already, there’s a slight problem with ET3… it would require a massive investment of time, money and political/legal manoeuvring to create the infrastructure needed to actually build it on a transcontinental scale. However, that doesn’t mean we couldn’t start small and gradually work our way up towards global coverage… which is exactly what the Hyperloop project is trying to do.
Hyperloop is very similar to the ET3 but is set to become reality, thanks to Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. According to Elon Musk, the Hyperloop is a cross between an air hockey table, a railgun and a Concorde jet. But it’s basically just a slimmed-down version of ET3, reaching speeds of 760mph. That means that you could travel from Glasgow to London in about 30 minutes. Why are we building the HS2 again?!
What makes this project even cooler is that instead of Elon Musk building it, he’s making it all open-source, which means all of the designs and engineering schematics are going to be made available free for anyone to download, improve, build, etc. That might sound like a cop-out, but we think it’s the exact opposite. Expect the Hyperloop (or some variation of it) to start making headlines in the next few years.
In 2012, the UK recorded nearly 200,000 road casualties, including 1,754 deaths. The main causes of these accidents were speeding, drink driving, careless driving and inexperience behind the wheel — in other words, human drivers. The solution? Let the car drive itself! That’s the idea behind driverless cars, something that Google and many other companies have invested a lot of time and money in already. Sound crazy? Too futuristic? Maybe even a little dangerous? Well, in August 2012, Google announced that they’ve completed over 300,000 autonomous-driving miles… without a single accident. Okay, there were a couple accidents along the way, but all of them happened whilst a human driver was operating the car.
Even Milton Keynes is testing them out! Expect them on a pavement near you by the end of next year.