Shervin Pishevar says hyperloop technology could be travel breakthrough of century

1959 was a year that arguably marked the peak of U.S. innovation in the transportation realm. That was the year that marked the introduction of the Convair 880, the fastest mainstream airliner ever produced. The 880 was capable of speeds of up to 700-plus mph, getting from Los Angeles to New York in almost an hour less than the time in which modern aircraft are capable of making the same journey. Yet, few people ever stop to consider that in almost every way, besides the admittedly important area of overall safety, traveling by jet in 1959 was a far superior experience to what it is today, nearly 70 years later.

At the same time, while the technology that drives modern automobiles would barely be recognizable to a mechanic in the late 1950s, the end product has hardly changed at all. In 1959, families of four drove their luxurious vehicles at speeds of up to 80 mph on highways that extended from coast to coast. They had plenty of room for luggage in the trunk. And they enjoyed such features as power seats, power windows and headlights that automatically turned on when it got dark outside. Aside from a few dazzling gadgets and better fuel economy, the cars of 1959 did pretty much all of the same things that the cars of 2018 do. And in many cases, they didn’t even do a worse job of them. Style is one notable example.

Shervin Pishevar says that the era of transportation stagnation may be coming to an end

Shervin Pishevar is one of the most respected venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in technology. Shervin Pishevar says that the long era of transportation stagnation in the United States may be about to come to a close. He says that hyperloop technology could prove to be the first real breakthrough in transportation that the country has seen in over 70 years.

Shervin Pishevar says that hyperloop technology will soon be demonstrated in California, making the trip between Los Angeles and San Francisco in just a fraction of the total time it takes by airline.

 

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