As part of the Hyperloop's appeal, Pishevar cites its cargo carrying utility and says the world's 15 largest container ships emit more pollution than all of the one billion cars on the planet. We believe he's citing an assessment from 2009 by James Corbett, professor of marine policy at the University of Delaware, that utilized "confidential data from maritime industry insiders based on engine size". Covered in The Guardian, the summary was that, "just 15 of the world's biggest ships may now emit as much pollution as all the world's 760m cars" because of the bunker fuel the ships use. We're not sure how much that relates, though, since Hyperloop won't have a trans-oceanic route for some time even though the company is at least considering such a thing.
Co-founder and CEO Rob Lloyd said they'd like to be selling tickets for consumers on the Hyperloop by 2021, but that if things keep progressing at their current rate they could be ready in 2020. Five years of steady progress for a brand new technology that would require significant state involvement and unknown billions of dollars is hard to imagine, but even if the Hyperloop takes 100 years we are all for it.