As if Elon Musk wasn't busy enough already, he has decided that releasing his design for the Hyperloop, a kind of futuristic, solar-powered supersonic pod-train, into the public domain, without patents, wasn't enough. He really wants this invention to see the light of day, so he has decided to build a test track that companies and student teams can use to test out their pod designs. Location of the test track will probably be Texas, according to Musk. He might even create an annual student Hyperloop pod racer competition. Someday we'll find out this man has an identical twin brother...
Here are Musk's tweets from this afternoon:
Will be building a Hyperloop test track for companies and student teams to test out their pods. Most likely in Texas.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 15, 2015
Also thinking of having an annual student Hyperloop pod racer competition, like Formula SAE http://t.co/HV9BLCoMb8— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 15, 2015
If you want to learn more about the Hyperloop, there's a ton more details here.
And if you want to dig even deeper, here's the 57-page PDF describing the alpha version of the Hyperloop that Musk himself wrote (with help I'm sure).