Apple could be decisive bringing hyperloop to California

“Ever since Elon Musk conceptualized the technology of hyperloop in 2012, there has been no dearth in the amount of activity it has generated,” Vishnu Rajamanickam reports for FreightWaves. “The mode of transport is as simple as it gets – people being transported through a capsule that hurtles at supersonic speeds through a vacuum tube, but then again, realizing the idea has been far from easy.”

“Although the paper that conceived the initial Hyperloop Alpha concept examined a route connecting the LA region to the Bay Area, there has been negligible activity in the U.S. with regard to hyperloop,” Rajamanickam reports. “The hyperloop market of today is crowded with companies and university teams pitting against each other in creating the first feasible hyperloop route on ground, but none of the projects under-construction call the U.S. home.”

“However, the city of Cupertino in California might be the lodestar [for which] the technology was looking,” Rajamanickam reports. “Cupertino hosts the headquarters of Apple Inc, and quite understandably suffers from endless transportation problems courtesy the thousands who work for the hardware giant… now it looks like the city has set its sights on bringing in a hyperloop project to ease the traffic in the region… Reportedly, Apple is on-board the idea as well, looking to subsidize the construction, though there has been no official confirmation from its side.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Jetsons-esque.

17 Comments

    1. Ninjad by So.

      The main thing about the Hyperloop is the hype. Even if they did manage to make one you would not get me in it even for all the money in Elon’s bank.

      For the reasons why watch the video from 09:09 but for those that can’t be bothered imagine this, you’re travelling at 800mph in your hermetically sealed capsule when it springs a major leak. Without a space suit you will be subject to the vacuum in the tunnel unless you can be evacuated before you suffocate. Or the the tunnel ruptures and the vacuum is lost then yours and many other capsules slam into the atmosphere at 800mph turning you into instant jam.

      Call me a Luddite but no thanks.

    1. So what you’re saying is Apple applying the minimal resources it does creating a new Mac Pro after 6 years of a long siesta should actually be spent in other areas like transporters, warp drive and matter/anti-matter technology?

      They should do likewise with your favorite regular upgraded Apple devices. After all you’d be interminably waiting and doing without for the greater good. Sound good?

      1. No, I think what he’s saying is that it is now utterly predictable that somebody will turn every MDN post on any possible subject into a discussion of the Mac Pro, no matter how little relevance that may have to the linked article. It is equally predictable that any post that actually tries to stay on point will be misconstrued as an attack on the Mac Pro. I would have added that other posters try to turn every post into a Hallelujah Chorus for President Trump, with anyone who stays on point misconstrued as a shill for Hilary Clinton. Some of us would prefer for everyone to keep their remarks relevant to the matter at hand, such as the merits or demerits of Apple participation in a hyperloop project.

        1. Oh I know what he meant but it’s just a little on the insensitive side to not have a problem with something that does not effect you directly, or your livelihood. I was trying to frame a perspective on his apathy (taking away something he depends on) on something that is a grievous situation for many.

          The political stuff I agree doesn’t have much of a place here except in the context of policies that help Apple and Apple shareholders.

          I am definitely one of those guilty of bringing up the Mac Pro situation in many other article contexts but it’s mostly for Apple’s edification and enlightenment – not MDN readers. They should know the seeds of our discontent have grown into long roots and sullen memories.

    2. Cue the posts complaining that Tesla’s are coal powered cars which will add to Global Warming and are only sold because the buyers get a $7000 federal taxpayer subsidy.

      1. Took me a few minutes to look this up:

        The Cupertino segment of the hyperloop, like most local electric vehicles (and 97% of homes and offices), would presumably be powered by the city’s default electric utility, Silicon Valley Clean Energy. SVCE gets 50% of its energy from hydropower and 50% from other renewable energy sources.

        The only local alternative is Pacific Gas & Electric, which gets 12% of its power from hydro, 33% from other renewables, and 24% from nuclear. Fossil fuels contribute 17%, all of it from natural gas and none from coal. The remaining 14% is power bought off the network that can’t be traced all the way back to its source.

        California as a whole gets a whopping 4% of its power from coal, so I doubt that is much of a factor in running a hyperloop system. It certainly isn’t a significant factor for local electric vehicles—which would contribute less to global warming than gasoline or diesel even if they used entirely coal power, thanks to the efficiency of large power plants.

    3. Nobody here has ever promoted that Apple drop everything else to only work on cutting edge desktop Macs. A trillion dollar company ought to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Under Timmy, product gestation has stretched to ridiculously long schedules with no quality advantage to show for it.

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