A new prototype of Virgin’s Hyperloop One has been unveiled and boasts a cruising speed up to as high as 760 mph (1,200 km/h). This is planned to operate between a Hyperloop that will connect Dubai to Abu Dhabi.
This journey by the revolutionary levitating pod will only take 12 minutes! This is a 87 mile voyage that normally takes about 90 minutes in a car. The Hyperloop innovative tube design is pushing past the limits of public transport. In the not too distant future we could be covering 100 of miles to get to work in just 10 minutes. No more lost time waiting to arrive at a destination. So how does this zooming tube pod work?
Basically, you will be traveling along a long tube between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The tube has had all the air removed which creates a vacuum inside. This means there is zero air friction inside the tube, allowing the Virgin’s Hyperloop to reach so high speeds. The pod inside the tube is powered by electromagnetics. This means the pod never touches the inside of the tube and will be smoothly propulsion forward.
Dubai’s Road Transport Authority has announced that the project should be finished by 2021. Each pod is created to carry around 10 passengers, and the company hopes they will be able to transport about 10000 passengers every hour in each direction. Of course with how fast the levitating pods are traveling you have to stay strapped in tight.
Don’t worry though it will be a fast trip in luxury as reports mention that BMW is designing the pod’s comfy leather seats. But is traveling at this high a speed safe?
The propulsion system of a Hyperloop will only accelerate the capsules to speeds that are safe in each section of the tube. As everything is automatic and controlled by the system, there is no risk of a human error in driving. Also as the tubes are completely airtight all risks of unpredictable weather conditions have been removed from the equations. This means that there are very few safety concerns, in fact, many believe traveling by Hyperloop will be much safer than airplanes or trains.
In any case, Hyperloop travel is definitely on the horizon, with Virgin Group announcing further plans for a route between Pune and Mumbai to be built also. And Elon Musk’s company is entering the final stages of an approval for constructing a Hyperloop under Washington D.C., time will only tell if it becomes our new preferred way to travel.