A rather obscure book by Robert Heinlein included this very thing. The book was called "Starman Jones" and was published in 1953. There was a kind of transport that electromagnetically launched a capsule along a trajectory between rings. I don't recall the name they used in the book, but that's the first thing I thought of when I heard about Musk's announcement.
Indeed, I love the Zebra F-701. Clean and fine lines. I gave up on engineering pads and only use notebooks now: Leuchtturm 1917 quad-ruled in several form factors depending on the occasion. My everyday book is 5.5 by 8. I keep smaller ones on hand for trail notebooks when I need something to fit in the back pocket.
My company helped build the antennas for Streetline's sensor packages. All the electronics, batteries, and antenna gets potted up in epoxy and is every bit as durable as any other raised pavement marker. Of course, that makes it every bit as vulnerable to snowplows, unless they are recessed into the pavement. You can beat them up if you've a mind to, but rubber tires are not a significant threat, no matter how much weight is on top of the tires.
I realized there was a problem when my solar beach house got flooded. -Apollo