The Best Guess at How Elon Musk's Hyperloop Transit Fantasy Might Work

Earlier this week, Elon Musk announced that he would publish an alpha design for his crazy-sounding "Hyperloop" by August 12. According to Musk, the diagram above is as close as anyone has gotten to figuring out how the super-fast transit technology might work. And it seems bonkers. » 7/19/13 10:20am 7/19/13 10:20am

Here's what Elon Musk's secret project might actually look like

For months, space entrepreneur Elon Musk has been teasing fans with hints about his next big project, a "hyperloop" super train that would get people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes. Now, Musk says that this schematic is the "closest" anyone has gotten to guessing how the hyperloop would work. » 7/16/13 11:54am 7/16/13 11:54am

How To Build A Car On Mars

I'm pretty sure we're going to have a Mars colony one day. In fact, my retirement plans kind of hinge on it. I'm not so deluded that I think I'll be able to ship my beloved Beetle and Scimitar over with me, so I'm going to have to pick up a new car when I get to Mars. » 8/16/12 2:00pm 8/16/12 2:00pm

In this eensy-weensy pod house, your car is your living room

We've seen some absurdly tiny houses before, but this 100-square-foot pod home by designer Jon Salerno takes things to new, space-saving levels. You park your 32-square-foot electric car under it and voilà! Instant living room. Or stare-at-each-other room. Whatever. » 6/21/11 2:15pm 6/21/11 2:15pm

Highways Of Future Past: How Close Are We?

The Disney-produced "Magic Highway" animated short presented how 1950s futurists viewed future transportation. It's equally prescient (LifeFlight, sprawl), ridiculous (nuclear cars, air-conditioned roads) and patriarchal (mom to the mall). But what from these highways of future past came true? » 12/09/09 4:00pm 12/09/09 4:00pm

Alessandro Porta Artwork Makes Us Fantasize About Dystopian Mass…

Luigi Colani-esque buses? Check. Dinosaurs? Check. AT-AT walkers? Check. Syd Mead-like construction vehicles? Check. Star Destroyers? Check. The artwork of Alessandro Porta is straight out of our 11-year-old dreams (before we started to hit puberty and they went all Heavy Metal » 9/08/08 12:00pm 9/08/08 12:00pm). Porta is a car designer with his own…

Jane, Stop this Crazy Thing: Home Car Washing Machine in 2020

Apparently, in 2020, not only will we have driveway car-wash appliances, but the DeLorean will be back and humans will have evolved into green, faceless silhouettes. A group of designers came up with the prototype drought-busting wash system — which uses only a gallon of water in the form of steam and water vapor to… » 8/10/06 9:55am 8/10/06 9:55am

Between the Lines: Automobile on the Future of Cars

The future is a terrible investment. Consider Tommorow- land. Disney s ode to the joys of scientific progress has been causing the Mouse conniptions ever since it opened in 1967. And no wonder. Unlike the past, the future is always changing. One minute everyone s flying around with nuclear-powered backpacks popping… » 3/14/06 1:04pm 3/14/06 1:04pm