Virgin Hyperloop has released a new video that shows what the experience of traveling inside a cabin in a vacuum tube at dizzying speeds could one day be.
It is an ambitious vision of the future of transport. The conceptual video showing how Hyperloop will travel goes through every step of the travel process, from check-in to disembarking.
Traveling in Hyperloop? A land plane
The experience seems reminiscent of accessing the airport to catch a plane. The interior of the Hyperloop travel shuttle, however, looks more inspired by train travel.
The biggest difference is that there are no windows, except what appears to be a generous skylight above. This is because the magnetic levitation pod runs in a vacuum tube at speeds of up to 1200 kilometers per hour (760 mph).
To make Hyperloop travel a less claustrophobic experience, the design team aims to provide passengers with an airy feel.
Bands of greenery and wood textures subvert the aesthetics of typical mass transit materials with something upbeat and fresh.
All lighting in the pod, including the unassuming information displays, is dynamic and adjusts to the traveler's activity and milestones in the journeyJohn Barratt, CEO and president of the Teague design firm that designed the Virgin Hyperloop cabin interiors
Traveling in Hyperloop, we'll talk about it in a while
Hyperloop is a futuristic mode of transportation that won't begin commercial operations until at least 2030, according to Virgin, but it has made progress with the technology.
A first passenger test of the system in November managed to accelerate two Virgin Hyperloop executives to a speed of 172 kilometers per hour (107 mph) in just 6,25 seconds. I'm talking about it here.
It didn't feel much different from accelerating in a sports carJosh Giegel, co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop and first passenger.
Virgin Hyperloop hopes to carry thousands of passengers per hour in large 28-passenger cabin convoys. You can travel in Hyperloop inside single cabins arranged a few milliseconds from each other.
In this phase, two parallel efforts: alongside the optimization of technology there is the search for economic sustainability. It will have to be cheaper than flying, or it will never catch on.
The future dictated by high-speed daily transportation could be radically different. Imagine (to stay in Italy) being able to cross the whole country in an hour.