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The Hyperloop continues to take its first low-friction baby steps towards being an actual mode of transportation in the real world. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the company developing Elon Musk's idea, is announcing its intention to build a five-mile course for $100 million in a planned community in California. Construction could start as soon as next year.

According to Wired, the Hyperloop would be the centerpiece of the still-under-construction Quay Valley community that covers about 7,500 acres roughly halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The money for the solar-powered course's construction would be raised from HTT's direct public offering later this year. The eventual goal to connect the two cities has been estimated to cost between $6 billion and $10 billion.

"It's not a test track," HTT CEO Dirk Ahlborn told Wired. Rather, this is a functioning version of the idea – albeit on a small scale. It would also offer a place to develop the pod's design and figure out how to load people into them. Due to the relatively short length, speeds would not approach the hundreds of miles per hour that could be possible with a longer run.

Elon Musk first suggested the Hyperloop during an interview in 2012 and imagined people traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco in just half an hour. He later clarified the concept envisioning above-ground tubes with pods inside that moved high-pressure air from the front to the rear for propulsion with electric motors. Solar power would provide the energy. Musk last talked about the Hyperloop when pondering a test course in Texas. He wanted to create a place much like Hyperloop Transportation Technologies' plan to test various designs.

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