Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Hyperloop - The Future Transportation

Image Credit: Jalopnik
I wonder how we people of the bygone days must have reacted when new transportation systems were gradually invented. It must have been a scary ride for the first bicyclers to balance on the pedals and to use the handle bars awkwardly. With motor transports like bikes and cars, the speed of the motor must have been apprehensive, initially. I simply cannot imagine how and when travellers could have felt safe about air planes. 

Why am I talking about the fear of the past?

Well, can you imagine a new system of transportation that defeats the speed of all the existing systems - sea ways, air ways, railways, roadways?

Here it is! The Hyperloop Technology!

According to Wikipedia,  
The Hyperloop is a conceptual high-speed transportation system originally put forward by Elon Musk, incorporating reduced-pressure tubes in which pressurized capsules ride on an air cushion driven by linear induction motors and air compressors.

If it's over your head to understand, simply imagine being seated in a long steel tube, with closed walls on all sides. You will be travelling at twice the speed of sound, that is, a distance of 600 km can be travelled in 30 minutes. 

Initially studies are set to happen with Hyperloop running between Longport and Los Angeles. On May 24th, 2016, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a tech start-up, has released a video of passenger's virtual travelling experience in a Hyper loop, during a technology conference at Vienna. According to the video, passengers would not get a glimpse of the real outside surroundings. However, the window panels will simulate the view of the outside through a pre-programmed set of moving stills. 

Hyperloop Interior
Image Credit: Verge

While a lot of factors such as seating comfort and other the safety features are being debated, we may hope for the fifth mode of transportation to come into existence sooner.   

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