Virgin Hyperloop made history last year when it successfully performed the first crewed test of the Hyperloop system, a variant of the vacuum train. Now, it looks as though the company is moving one step closer making the hyperloop system a reality, as it has just released a video on how its system will work in practice.
During the short concept video, Virgin Hyperloop, along with some help from Danish architecture firm Bjarke Ingels and industrial design firm Teague provide visual examples of how would-be passengers will travel in the system of vacuum tubes once it is eventually opened to the public.
The clip starts out with a passenger arriving at the ‘Hyperloop Station’ with a ticket showing when the next pod will be arriving. As the passenger enters the spacious hyperloop station, they then make their way up a staircase towards an area called the ‘podbay’, which appears to be based on a subway-esque platform.
The Podbay leads passengers directly into the Hyperloop capsule, which appear to seat between 10 and 15 people each. In terms of the capsule themselves, they are always kept in a vacuum, which reduces the need to airlock every capsule before it begins moving.
Before the journey begins, each passenger is requested to take their seat. The capsules are automatically collected by an overhead bogie, which then pulls out onto the ‘main tube’ with several other pods.
Just after the mid-way point of the clip one of the capsules from an adjoining line crosses paths and heads over to another destination. While this may seem like a regular manoeuvre any conventional train would be able to do, when you take into consideration the speeds at which the Virgin Hyperloop is moving, this manoeuvre suddenly becomes much more complex. According to Virgin Hyperloop, rather than using a physical switch to make the capsules switch lanes, the system will make use of magnetically-levitated sleds to decide which track to take.
Take a look at the concept video below
Virgin Hyperloop is looking to have the Hyperloop system running its first passengers by 2030.
“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 opens up,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop.
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