Elon Musk Is Building a Self-Driving Car Because Of Course He Is

Tesla is joining the race to build and sell the world's first self-driving car, and it plans to win. In an interview with the Financial Times this week, Elon Musk said he's working on building a car that can run on "auto-pilot" within three years. That would put Tesla way ahead of competition in typical Tesla fashion. » 9/18/13 10:02am 9/18/13 10:02am

Hyperloop Could Totally Work. But Will It Ever Happen?

As enamored as you are with the idea, your gut says that Elon Musk's Hyperloop is never going to happen. The good news is that the tech, according to experts we've talked to, is actually feasible. That bad news? That might not matter. Musk's plan is futuristic, beautiful, and sound. It just might be more ambitious… » 8/15/13 12:18pm 8/15/13 12:18pm

How One Inventor Secretly Built a Pneumatic Subway Under NYC

Yesterday afternoon, Elon Musk revealed his plans for a system that could revolutionize transit. This isn’t the first time a private entrepreneur has taken on transportation in America, though. In fact, another wealthy businessman and inventor named Alfred Ely Beach attempted to do the same thing in New York, in… » 8/13/13 2:22pm 8/13/13 2:22pm

We Need More Ideas as Crazy as Hyperloop

You know why I didn't like Elon Musk a few years ago? Because of PayPal. Because he seemed like a dilettante. Yet another Valley guy who was ignoring all the hard work and ingenuity that had gone into systems like infrastructure and space travel for the last fifty years; another nerd who thought every system was as… » 8/12/13 6:59pm 8/12/13 6:59pm

Our Hyperloop Liveblog Starts Right Right Now

In just a few minutes, Elon Musk will finally reveal his plans for the Hyperloop, a revolutionary transit system that's capable of getting you from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco in 30 minutes flat. At 5 pm, he'll hold a conference call to explain Hyperloop in detail. And we're going to liveblog the… » 8/12/13 4:15pm 8/12/13 4:15pm

Hyperloop: Everything We Think We Know About the Future of Transit

On Monday, Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk will finally reveal his concept for a high-speed transit system called Hyperloop. The Hyperloop, according to Musk, will be able to whisk you from downtown Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco in roughly the time it takes to watch an episode of Veep. He's been intentionally… » 8/11/13 11:00am 8/11/13 11:00am

All That We Know About Musk's Hyperloop: The Infographic

As we've all heard by now Elon Musk, un-contented with running an electric car company and a spaceship company, will be announcing plans for a 30-minute round trip LA to SF transit system. Luckily, someone has shared this lovely infographic with us showing everything we know so far. » 8/08/13 1:21pm 8/08/13 1:21pm

Elon Musk Has No Intention of Building the Hyperloop Himself

Elon Musk, enthusiastic entrepre-nerd that he is, might have gotten a little bit ahead of himself with all the Hyperloop talk recently. On an investor call, he indicated that he has a pretty good idea about the design for the high-speed travel concept, but no plans to move forward with it—at least not with the gusto… » 8/08/13 11:10am 8/08/13 11:10am

The Best Guess at Musk's Hyperloop Design, Now in Excruciating Detail

You might remember that a couple of weeks ago, Elon Musk made otherwise random guy John Gardi Twitter-famous by proclaiming that Gardi had a pretty good guess at how Musk's crazy-sounding Hyperloop transit concept was going to work. Now, Gardi has spoken up with so, so much more information. Or at least, speculation. » 8/06/13 11:07am 8/06/13 11:07am

Why the Biggest Obstacle for Elon Musk's Hyperloop Might Be Tunnels

It all sounds so Jetsonian. A new 600 mph "Hyperloop" method of transportation connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco? That's the buzz around the internet water cooler as people guess what Elon Musk has in store for the transportation of tomorrow. I say, sign me up! But if we take any lessons from past visions of… » 7/19/13 12:55pm 7/19/13 12:55pm