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

Introducing the 2035 ZAIRE all-terrain concept car

No, this isn't Batman out on safari. It's the 2035 ZAIRE concept car, an advanced all-terrain vehicle designed for National Geographic's photography team. Assuming this badboy actually gets developed, it'll help the photographers traverse the often challenging and unpredictable African terrain. » 3/18/13 11:25am 3/18/13 11:25am

DARPA is one step closer to its flying Humvee

When you or I ask for a flying car, we get "Terrafugia's Transition," a roadable aircraft. When DARPA asks for a flying car, they get a Hummer like the one pictured up top — a Hummer that is capable of taking off and landing vertically; traversing off-road terrain with ease; and withstanding small-arms fire, all while… » 11/01/11 4:15pm 11/01/11 4:15pm

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