Although there is already considerably less noise, the attempts to carry out the Hyperloop transport system continue at least on the part of the already known actors. One of them is Virgin Hyperloop, who did their first test with passengers last year (they did two) and now show us what trips would be like with Virgin Hyperloop in a video.
It is a virtual and fictional journey, because they show us what a station would be like in addition to the interiors of the capsules that we have not yet seen in those tests that we mentioned. The idea is quite attractive, seeing that technologies such as wireless charging for devices are included, various designs of the seats and that these would even incorporate LEDs as an information screen. I said, all conceptual, but it is still curious what they expect to be a reality in the coming years.
A futuristic and bright style
The capsules that we see in this new Virgin Hyperloop video are quite different from what we saw in the tests and in the company’s current capsules. We see a much more careful and attractive design, with wooden seats and an apparently larger space in which two rows of seats fit and there is an aisle.
As they explain, for the design they are working with Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Teague (these for the design of the capsules). Since they must be capsules without windows to the outside, what they want to achieve is that the environment is pleasant and bright, ensuring that the green touches are not lacking either in the stations or in the capsules themselves and emulating what would be seen in the sky with large zenith panels.
What we see are dynamic information panels like LEDs on seats and walls, in the style of those wooden digital alarm clocks. They explain that the idea is for passengers to be guided by both images and sound, with their own audio system that serves as a guide for them.
In the seats we see wireless charging surfaces for mobile devices (seeing that in the video the passengers go without a belt, unlike the tests with real passengers). It is also seen that the capsules would be equipped with emergency defibrillators.
Virgin Hyperloop talks about 28 passengers per capsule and that the system will be capable of transporting hundreds of passengers every hour. All controlled by their own software, which do not give details.
What they touch in a somewhat tangential way is the price issue. Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop, explains in the same statement that they want their transportation to be accessible and that “it is simple: if it is not economically accessible, people will not use it.”
But taking into account the exclusivity, the speed and that environment that they have shown us in this last video, for now it is hard to believe that it will be something cheap, or at least compared to the current media. We will see what this “accessibility” remains if the Hyperloop manages to be a reality beyond tests. For now they hope to obtain safety certification by 2025 and start commercialization in 2030, so you still have to be patient.
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