The Hyperloop concept of being able to travel hundreds of miles in a matter of minutes is still in its earliest stages. However, the leader in this burgeoning industry, has announced the next stage of development with the news that Hyperloop One opened its first manufacturing plant in the North Las Vegas area.
The Hyperloop movement began a few years ago, when entrepreneur Elon Musk developed a rudimentary idea about what he believed the future of travel should be for both people and products. Musk, who chose not to take part in any subsequent development, looked at how tubes filled with people inside pods would be able to travel anywhere from 600 to 750 miles per hour.
The building where Hyperloop One Metalworks will conduct business is 105,000 square feet in size. Currently, there are 170 employees that make up the workforce, with most of them either machinists, welders or engineers.
Undertaking their first task means putting together everything needed for the prototype that will be tested next year. The DevLoop will seek to make travel within a pod possible, with the increased speed potentially possible because of minimal air resistance and friction on the tracks between cities.
Of course, building those tracks requires political dealings, with the ultimate issue being the overall cost involved. One issue that will ultimately need to be addressed is the inability of the Hyperloop One to make turns. Should this idea succeed, traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles may only take 30 minutes.
After recent fatal car crash, Tesla’s Elon Musk promises significant improvements to its autopilot system. Not long ago, a driver of company’s Model S has died after the autopilot feature failed to work properly.
Presently, the federal safety regulators are investigating this deadly crash. Prior to the accident, some experts cautioned drivers, claiming that they may not be able to retake the wheel on time once a warning is given. And it looks, the system can get confused.
A separate Stanford study has concluded that a two-second warning is not enough time to safely retake the car and steer it from danger. Although Tesla’s cars have an auto-braking system installed, it didn’t function properly during the fatal crash.
Per CNN Money, Tesla has also admitted that there was a second autopilot accident in Montana. It involved Model X, but hasn’t resulted in injuries. In that case, Tesla claims, the car gave a warning to a driver to put his hands on the wheel shortly before the crash. However, this driver denied that a warning had been given.
There’s also a report of another Tesla crash in Pennsylvania. But, Tesla denies the car was running on the autopilot. After the crashes, Consumer Reports urged Tesla to disable this self-driving feature. However, Mr. Musk says he has no intention of doing so since the customers want this feature on.
Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer for Tesla, is still in full spin mode over the fatal crash that killed a driver using his autopilot feature.
In May, electric car enthusiast Joshua Brown was behind the wheel of a Model S and initiated Tesla’s autopilot mode which allegedly has the capacity to manage highway driving. The driver apparently has successfully used it many times before. Unfortunately, the sensor system did not “see” a truck and trailer on the highway. The Model S tried to go under the trailer at full speed.
Brown’s accident has put Musk’s company in a bad light. The story itself hurt, but Musk would eventually be accused of withholding information about the incident in order to safeguard a multi-billion dollar stock offering. The revelation, released by “Fortune,” has put the mogul on the defense, saying, “Fortune’s article is fundamentally incorrect.”
Musk says the assertion that they tried to downplay the incident is “BS.” He states that the company’s investigation was only beginning and the stock sale – already planned – coincided with that. “It was not until May 18th that a Tesla investigator was able to go to Florida to inspect the car and the crash site and pull the complete vehicle logs from the car, and it was not until the last week of May that Tesla was able to finish its review of those logs and complete its investigation.”
While analysts have stated the crash would hurt Tesla, Musk says the company’s stocks are up.