Innovation Guru-space, car, mag lev train
Expresses doubts about Flying Car
Elon Musk is a South African-born Canadian American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor. His name is synonymous with INNOVATION. His vision goes beyond what most mere mortals would see as a wall called impossible. His current resume is filled with success stories and his companies make it clear why he is immensely rich:
- CEO of SpaceX
- CEO of Tesla, Inc.
- CEO of Neuralink
- Chairman of SolarCity
- Co-chairman of OpenAI
Along the way, he also:
- co-founded Zip2, a web software company
- founded X.com, an online payment company, which eventually became PayPal
Most recently, he has added to his portfolio, the Boring Company, an infrastructure and tunnel-construction company. It is a necessary predicate to another Musk visionary enterprise—a high-speed transportation system called Hyperloop. With Boring and Hyperloop, it is planned to link the East Coast’s major metropolitan areas with an underground tunnel (actually a a low pressure transit tube) through which a 700 mph magnetic levitation train.
All of that preface is intended to add to the shock of the below tweets between this innovator and journalist Anirban Ghoshal on behalf of Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.
Curiously, the possibility of a Tesla flying car has been raised by Musk and then rejected :
"There is a challenge with flying cars in that they'll be quite noisy, the wind force generated will be very high," he said earlier this year at TED Talks. And from a practical perspective: "If something's flying over your head and there's a whole bunch of flying cars going all over the place, that is not an anxiety-reducing situation," Musk said at the time. "You're thinking, 'Did they service their hubcap, or is it going to come off and guillotine me?'"
Aside from the apparent conflict between the Hyperloop and flying cars, Musk’s substantive critique may be flawed:
- some of his concerns are likely to be addressed by federal, state and local planning
- for example, thoughtful coordination among the governments is expected to create zones over which flying cars must operate- roads, rights-of-way, power/gas lines, railroad tracks, etc. could have airspace dedicated to these flights.
- today, much larger aerial vehicles fly over homes and their “hubcaps” rarely drop from the sky. REASON: all aircraft are subject to FAA certification prior to flight. That same scrutiny. unless the laws are changed, will be applied in a systematic way as described here.
- unlike cars (and space vehicles?), flying cars will have to pass the FAA’s exacting noise tests.
No doubt that there exist a number of technical and policy hurdles, but drive, determination and expertise are part of the Musk Creed and the Uber Team has those attributes, too.
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