Elon Musk revealed plans for the Hyperloop transportation system on Monday. This, if built, will transport travelers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in about a half hour's time. Naturally, the project - the brainchild of the man behind SpaceX, Tesla and PayPal (he co-founded those last two) - has drawn a great deal of attention from not only people in California, but from pretty much everywhere else as well.
According to data from Yahoo, searches for Musk and the hyperloop are spiking "off the charts" this week, and it's also generating a lot of interest in Musk's other work.
"With this venture, CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, is bringing attention to his brand as [tesla stock] is soaring at 2476% change over the past week, and searches for [tesla] have increased 5x over the past year," a Yahoo spokesperson tells WebProNews. "However, it seems like Yahoo! Users' interest in [electric cars] has decreased in general, with searches decreasing by 9x since August 2012. Men perform 75% of the searches for [tesla] in top searching regions San Francisco, LA, Seattle, San Diego and Sacramento."
"People are interested in learning more about Musk," the spokesperson says. "They are searching for [elon musk bio], which are off the charts in the last 7 days on Yahoo!. Searches for [elon musk] are nearly as high as the term [hyperloop] itself. 85% of searches for [hyperloop] come from males on Yahoo!."
The spokesperson notes that Yahoo is also seeing searcher interest in [hyperloop transport system], [hyperloop video], [hyperloop transit concept], [hyperloop design], [what is hyper loop] and [hyperloop plans].
There is certainly a lot of Hyperloop information to consume. Musk's announcement came accompanied by a 57-page PDF document discussing the details of the plans. This includes things such as the proposed route it would take, how various emergency situations would play out, what the interior of the passenger capsules would be like and how the Hyperloop would withstand an earthquake, to name a few.
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