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The Hyperloop concept could be developed "open source" by the engineering community.

Engineers love problems, we all solve them everyday in our lives and in our work. For many, after a few years at the bench-level in engineering, life eventually starts to look more like a Dilbert cartoon than like "Real Genius". Millions of people are sharing their ideas, pictures, thoughts, memes and jokes via social media every day.

What if all the engineers were able to just as easily share their work, their ideas, their particular talents and specialties to move a critical project like Hyperloop into reality?

LocalMotors did it with Rally Fighter...why not use their system to do it for Hyperloop? Pitch in at https://forge.localmotors.com/pages/project.php?cg=12297&tab=project-home

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  • Sep 24 2013: The Hyperloop looks to be an exciting option for fast distance traveling, but similar to current public transportation options like San Jose’s light rail system or Caltrain, it relies on the public to travel to and from specific destinations. Our BiModal Glideway would be a better solution as it would provide the same high speed distance travel, but allow drivers the freedom to go from door to door during their commute.
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    Sep 12 2013: I agree we should all be able to share our work, problems, etc. If you can figure a way to compensate people that help solve problems that you get compensated for...then you are on to something. If you build the hyperloop high enough above ground level above the trees and what not, then there would only be support beams seen from the ground. I really like this concept the Mr. Musk has proposed. I would really like to join in on the ground work if it ever takes off one day. Eventually, I see a hyperloop across the whole planet. You could seamlessly go for a weekend trip to tibet, or australia. Life would be grand wouldnt it?
    • Sep 12 2013: That would indeed be grand! If you want to get involved in the design/engineering effort you can come to the Local Motors website and find the Hyperloop project.

      We are moving towards a design contest for the ticketing/arrival/security/boarding process that will be compatible with a 30 minute travel time. We are also starting planning for design contests for the Capsule and the Stations.

      Engineering work will follow, with the goal of completing first a feasibility study that verifies the assumptions made in the Alpha proposal, and follows up with higher-fidelity simulations and calculations to drive down the risk going into the prototype engineering phase.

      We would like to experiment with various contest, microincentive, community-based cooperation and other work schema for the engineering to figure out the most effective eco-system of techniques to drive a self-organized project to completion.
  • Sep 10 2013: Has anyone figured out where hyperloop will be located? All of the countries that could afford to build hyperloop are already crowded with roads and train lines, and every major construction project runs into environmental problems. The engineering will be a small part of this project compared to the politics.
    • Sep 11 2013: Mr. Musk's proposal is based around a system connecting LA and San Francisco, California. This route is currently being developed for high speed rail and that project is estimated to be over $68.4 Billion. Mr. Musk was motivated to make his proposal for Hyperloop by the extreme cost and less than impressive performance estimates for that system.

      That being said, where hyperloop is ACTUALLY located is up to all of us, really Anywhere that there is a significant population of people who are, or would be travelling over a distance that is 200-500km with level terrain in-between them is a potential candidate for the system. The rough business case Mr. Musk presents relies on a very significant number of travelers per year, but is based on US construction costs and constraints.