A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has won Elon Musk’s design competition to test their prototype on the futuristic high-speed transportation concept known as Hyperloop.
The founder of SpaceX and Tesla made a cameo appearance at the competition Saturday at Texas A&M University to announce the winner, according to The Verge, a tech news website. Musk’s Hyperloop envisions pods in tubes speeding from city to city at over 700 miles per hour at a total cost of $6 billion.
The MIT team, composed of 10 students and other faculty advisors, will now go on to test their design by building an actual pod to race on a still-under construction one-mile test track near SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California home base.
“I really like the idea that you could live in one city, work in another city, and move fast enough that you could actually do that,” Musk told the crowd in Texas. “It would free people up.”
Runners-up included teams from Delft University from The Netherlands, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and the University of California, Irvine.
Musk said this won’t be the last competition for the Hyperloop.
Source: Boston Business Journal, David Harris
Photo: Elon Musk’s vision for the Hyperloop. (Courtesy of SpaceX)