Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has lobbed yet another teaser on Twitter. For anyone dying to get details on his lightning-fast "Hyperloop" transportation concept, news will be delivered on August 12.

"Will publish Hyperloop alpha design by Aug 12. Critical feedback for improvements would be much appreciated," Musk posted on his Twitter page. Musk also released another detail in response to Ramin Schadlu (@schadlu) about whether this new technology will be proprietary. "I really hate patents unless critical to company survival. Will publish Hyperloop as open source," Musk replied.

Musk first mentioned the Hyperloop a year ago at a PandoDaily event in Santa Monica, CA – what he called a "fifth mode of transportation" following boats, planes, cars and trains. He estimated it would cost about $6 billion to build a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles Hyperloop; that's only about a tenth the cost of a plan that's been floating around the state for years for a proposed high speed rail between the two cities.

More will be revealed on August 12 on what he's called a "cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table." It's possible that Musk could announce an alliance with Colorado-based ET3 for its "Evacuated Tube Transport." This transport module would shoot six-person "capsules" through a nearly friction-less tube via magnetic levitation. It would be faster than anything else on earth (though not as fast as the SpaceX Dragon in outer space) – 4,000 miles per hour. Hyperloop travelers would make it from New York to LA in less than an hour.


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      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bartender: Excuse me, what are you doing? Jeff: It's a Giggle Loop. Bartender: It's not a loop; it's a stack. Jeff: Well, I couldn't call it a Giggle Stack, now, could I? Steve: That would sound ridiculous.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Extremely interesting timing. Somebody has a very close eye on the inner workings of DC. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/17/feds-suspend-review-55b-loan-for-vegas-to-calif-train/
      HVH20
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Open Source" meaning I think it will work, but I'm not willing to bet my fortune on it working AND being profitable. So I'll removed myself of all responsibility and accountability to the follow through of this idea to application, but take all the credit as its inventor if someone else does the work and finances it.
        Weapon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @HVH20
        No,the reason why he is open sourcing it is because he thinks it is an issue that should be addressed by critics and the scientific community. He is willing to put money on it, but his focus today is building the first successful american car company in 50 years and launching rockets into space. You can't blame the person if he doesn't have enough time to reinvent mass transportation at the same time.
          Jon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Weapon
          Re: Ricardo Gozinya Not very informed are we? A quick internet search (yes I mean wikipedia) shows that he studied and has a degree in both economics and physics. He then started grduate school for applied physics and materials science but then dropped out and decided to start a car company and launch rockets into space. It takes more than a businessman to accomplish what he has.
          Ricardo Gozinya
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Weapon
          You say that as if Elon Musk actually developed the technology himself. He didn't. He hired people to do that for him. He's not the reincarnation of Leonardo Da Vinci or Nikola Tesla or even John Delorean, who was an absolutely brilliant engineer. Musk is a businessman, a good businessman, but not a scientist, not an engineer, not an inventor. Just a businessman.
          HVH20
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Weapon
          Settle down fan boy. Commercializing peer to peer payments,Electric Vehicles and Rockets is only revolutionary from an investor standpoint, Elon didn't invent the concept of those by a long shot. What you can count on is Elon making strategic press releases to pump the Tesla stock up. That he is an expert on and its all part of his game plan as CEO and stock puppeteer. If the Media is playing him off as Iron Man, then he is going to take that and run with it to boost investor confidence. Perception is reality.
      Jon
      • 1 Year Ago
      "It's possible that Musk could announce an alliance with Colorado-based ET3 for its "Evacuated Tube Transport."" Its also possible that the author of the article has no idea what he is talking about and is too lazy to do even basic research about the topic he is writing about.
        dg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jon
        I know. What's with this freaking site? It's also possible that he'll partner with Martians and then turn himself into a solar-powered Hyperloop-building robot and do it for free.
      dewd7
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd pay to just ride in this, no joke. Stantions could rise up to hold windmills. Extra tubes for oil. Water. *************** What we also really need is open source ECU, vehicle management/etc solution. Too valuable as Tesla property to give away. I know, but.... we need that. Maybe Google will step up, Android it.
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dewd7
        Eh, no we don't. Have you been drinking some EVTV coolaid? :) The problem with electric cars right now has nothing to do with whether ECUs are open source or not. Jack is doing an open source ECU for the DIY community because he thinks there is some value in reusing such a design for more than one drivetrain. There is not however. Throttle control is a trivial thing that of course should be integrated in every controller. It should not be generalized and left to a third party external device. Obviously.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      'It's possible that Musk could announce an alliance with Colorado-based ET3 for its "Evacuated Tube Transport." This transport module would shoot six-person "capsules" through a nearly friction-less tube via magnetic levitation.' Yeah, except that he has stated quite categorically that what he is proposing does not use vacuum tubes. Its also possible that he is proposing rocket propelled bicycles, but it doesn't seem likely. How about staying in touch with the facts?
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would like the Elon Musk fanboys to attach a few words to the many times he has promised to talk about hyperloop and failed to deliver. Not that your One Direction teenage girl minds can bring yourself to admit fault.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        They are going bankrupt anyways, remember? I think he is a little busy building successful automotive and space exploration companies to worry if he is late on your arbitrary deadline.
          Giza Plateau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @m_2012
          bankrupt unless they got more cash infusion and they did nitwit. as I have told you before. and it's not my arbitrary deadline. he has promised and broken 2 specific dates so far.
        Weapon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        No he hasn't. He said he will release it after june 20th Tesla announcement and he is keeping his promise.
          Giza Plateau
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Weapon
          fanboy :) I believe his first promise was 3-4 weeks. That was last year. As expected, no fanboys willing to see fault.
      goodoldgorr
      • 1 Year Ago
      im interrested to buy a ticket from montreal to las vegas. Is it dangeurous if something break to be pulverized into the void?
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