Virgin Hyperloop is Looking Into a Futurist Mode of Transportation

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Virgin Hyperloop has released a new video, illustrating what is like to travel via a vacuum tube at breakneck speeds, going through each step in the travel process, from check-in to landing. The project is a hopeful idea of the future of transportation, a futuristic mode of transportation to begin commercial operations in 2030 at best, according to Virgin.

Back in November, a first passenger test of the system managed to stimulate two Virgin Hyperloop execs to a speed of 107 mph in just 6.25 seconds.

With wide-open cabins and face-to-face seating, the experience reminds is inspired by rail travel, though the shuttle has no windows, but the skylight above. The magnetically levitating pod is speeding through a vacuum tube at speeds of up to 760 mph, and its design is aiming to bring the outside in.

According to John Barratt, who designed the pod interiors, “Bands of greenery and wood textures subvert the aesthetic of typical mass transit materials with something optimistic and fresh. “All lighting in the pod — including the unassuming information displays — are dynamic and adjust based on traveler activity and journey milestones,” he added.

Hopefully, the company will be able to transport thousands of passengers inside large convoys of 28-passenger-capacity pods, but for now Virgin Hyperloop is trying to figure out a way to reduce costs and make it more affordable than flying. 

“It’s simple. If it’s not affordable, people won’t use it. Daily high-speed transport is currently not feasible for most people, but we want to change that notion. Imagine being able to commute between cities that are currently hours apart in minutes — and the endless possibilities that open up,” Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, said.

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