Hyperloop is the brainchild of Elon Musk, open sourced for the world to take on and Virgin Hyperloop is making it a rreality.
In a new preview video released overnight, we see what a future with Hyperloop may look like.
Hyperloop transports passengers in pods, shot through a tube with negative air pressure to reduce drag and increase speeds. It is expected these could reach over 1,000km/hr over time and dramatically reduce travel time between cities.
In the video we see the terminals Virgin has envisaged, which look architecturally amazing. Functionally they’ll work very similar to a small-scale airport terminal.
When you step into the pod, you’re met with a clean, open environment, conducting be to conversations between passengers. One really nice touch is wireless phone chargers next to each seat, which is a really smart inclusion.
The progress of the journey is clearly displayed on displays in the pod, along with a countdown timer of the remaining trip time.
Overall the experience looks amazing and I’d love to see Australia implement a Hyperloop rather than decades long ambitions to build a fast train. While trains internationally are travelling some 600km/hr+ the ones planned for Australia are only incrementally faster than the ones in operation today.
I say let’s invest in a faster, future-leaning technology that will be able to facilitate a lower per ride cost to passengers.
Now for the video.