- The Hyperloop prototype tube has been removed from its location outside SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, according to reports.
- The above-ground test tunnel was installed in 2016 but sat idle for years, according to the LA Times.
Elon Musk’s ambitious Hyperloop test tunnel has reportedly been removed from its location outside SpaceX’s California headquarters.
The LA Times reported that Hawthorne Council member Angie Reyes English had asked city staff to request the removal of the tube.
“The city has been very generous and very supportive of SpaceX’s efforts,” English said. “But at the end of the day, we have other businesses and other things that we need to consider and give the community back their streets.”
In 2016, the above-ground tube prototype was installed in Hawthorne – a city in the Los Angeles metro area – but now the city has decided to uninstall the futuristic enterprise.
The project is managed by Musk’s civil engineering firm, The Boring Company, but the prototype tube sat idle for years on Jack Northrop Avenue. According to the LA Times, it drew complaints from pedestrians and motorists before the city intervened to have it dismantled.
Although representatives for Hyperloop and The Boring Company did not respond to Insider’s request for confirmation, Fox Business reports that the test tunnel will be replaced with parking spaces.
In an April tweet, Musk confirmed the company’s attempt to build a working Hyperloop to combat traffic issues “for years to come.”
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 24, 2022
Musk’s proposed Hyperloop system was designed to transport travelers through low-pressure tubes in pods at speeds of up to 760 miles per hour. The ambitious invention would cut the commute from Los Angeles to San Francisco to 35 minutes, the LA Times reported.
The tech billionaire floated the idea in 2013.