Watch Virgin Hyperloop’s Envisioned Passenger Experience
Virgin Hyperloop has posted a video (above) showing the expected experience for future passengers traveling on its ultra-high speed transportation system.
The presentation comes two months after Virgin Hyperloop’s first passenger test of a Hyperloop vehicle, in which two company employees drove a 500-meter distance (Digital Trends recently spoke to one of them).
The new concept video guides you through all phases of a Hyperloop journey, from arriving at the portal to getting on the pod. The beautifully designed stations greet passengers as they make their way to their designated Hyperloop pod. At the time of departure, six pods leave six separate bays at the same time and form a convoy in the main vacuum tube that races towards its destination city at a speed of up to 1,223 km / h.
The video shows passengers seated in bright, spacious pods with wireless charging pads and digital displays, displaying the speed and remaining travel time of the convoy.
Each pod can carry up to 28 passengers, although Virgin says its machine intelligence software enables pods and convoys to be close and allows “thousands of passengers per hour” to be carried along a route.
Virgin Hyperloop – known as Hyperloop One until Virgin CEO Richard Branson invested in the project in 2017 – says it’s important that its transportation system be accessible to the masses, not just moneymakers. While ticket prices vary by route, the company suggests that Hyperloop fares could be more similar to travel costs than flying.
“It’s easy. If it’s not affordable, people won’t use it,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop. “Daily high-speed transportation isn’t possible for most people right now, but we want to change that term. Imagine suggest you could commute between cities that are currently minutes apart – and the endless possibilities that arise. “
Of course, there’s still a lot to do before either of us steps on a Virgin Hyperloop pod. The company intends to launch its first commercial service sometime in 2030.
The Hyperloop transport system in its current form comes from Elon Musk, who proposed the idea in 2012. The boss of SpaceX and Tesla later described the system as “a cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table”.