A Colorado technology company has reportedly developed a futuristic concept for a high-speed tube system that would make it possible to travel from New York to Los Angeles in just 45 minutes.
Daryl Oster, CEO of ET3, revealed this week that his company has created a prototype for something called Evacuated Tube Transport, an airless, frictionless tube that would use suction to propel a six-passenger capsule up to 4,000 miles per hour.
The best part? A trip would cost just $100.
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"At 4,000 mph, the ET3 could move over 1 million passengers every hour in each direction from New York to Los Angeles," Oster told MSN.com, adding that he hopes to perform a three-mile test run by the end of the year. "We're ready for full-scale implementation."
The capsules would move through a tube on a magnetic track approximately 18 feet off the ground, according to the company's website. And for those worried about traveling at such a high rate of speed, Oster assures potential passengers that the ET3 would produce just 1G of force, comparable to riding in a car on a highway.
Ideally, ET3 would eventually be implemented on an international scale, allowing a person to travel from New York to Beijing in just two hours.
Last week, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk briefly mentioned a similar mode of futuristic mass transportation called the Hyperloop
, which would rival California's high-speed rail system, which is currently being built.
Musk hinted that his companies might be mulling a transit system that would be a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table" that could be built for just 10 percent of the cost of the $69 million California Bullet Train project.
Musk said the Hyperloop would function as a "really great way to travel" between nearby cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco or Boston and New York.
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