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 journey
John 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 car
Josh 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.
Traveling in Hyperloop will open entirely new perspectives for passengers and tourists, and will change the concept of commuting forever.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.