Traveling from Austin to Dallas remains only a fantasy for now, but now that Texas is being considered for a Hyperloop route by Hyperloop One, groups in Central Texas working on these same technologies are treating this news as invigorating. Two of these groups are tied to the University of Texas at Austin.
They acknowledge how difficult it can be to travel to work in Dallas if you live in Austin; however, with a Hyperloop route, the commute could take approximately 20 or 25 minutes.
This type of concept was first introduced by Elon Musk several years ago and utilizes levitating pods and low pressure that can transport people hundreds of miles per hour. Many different plans and designs are currently being tested by several companies; however, no actual project has commenced as of yet.
The current Hyperloop route that’s being considered would link the cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Laredo together. The loop itself is almost like an air hockey table with a pneumatic system that runs pressurized gases through the bearings, which helps to create a thin film of air underneath it. When the pod levitates, the friction is greatly reduced. When it starts moving, it will continue doing so at a high rate of speed.
There is the chance that the team could eventually find capital to build up a company of their own and produce pods that can be used in the Hyperloop route. They could even produce technology that other companies could use as well.
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