Since the advent of jet airline travel, transportation in the United States has effectively failed to progress. In fact, many people are unaware that the first jet airliners, such as the Douglas DC-8 and the Convair 880, were actually considerably faster than modern jet aircraft. The Convair 880 could go from Los Angeles to New York City in almost a full hour faster than modern jet aircraft can.
Because technology had progressed so quickly between the turn of the century and the 1950s, with powered flight going from only a dream to intercoastal transportation in a matter of hours being a reality for millions, many people just assumed that things would continue to progress apace. The 1960s were going to be a decade of great strides in travel. Boeing had developed plans for an intercontinental-range supersonic airliner than would hold nearly as many people as a 747. And there was talk of colonizing the moon and even other planets.
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But that future never materialized. Boeing ended up scrapping its supersonic transport, and men never returned to the moon after 1972. Even in the realm of automotive technology, things began to stagnate and even decline. Even today, due to the limitations inherent in road travel, cars do little more than the typical car was capable of in 1950. Then as now, cars could easily travel up to 80 mph on interstate highways, carry four or more people in comfort and get to their destination with high levels of safety. Aside from dazzling electronics, increased acceleration and increased fuel economy, little has really changed in the automotive world since the 1950s.
But Shervin Pishevar, one of the most accomplished entrepreneurs in the country, says that could soon change. Shervin Pishevar says that hyperloop technology could be the first genuine leap forward that the transportation world has seen in decades. Shervin Pishevar says that hyperloop technology could allow for travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in as little as 30 minutes. And it could do it at a quarter of the cost of airline travel, with wait times similar to a city bus stop.