Hyperloop capsule is new type of ground transport presently being developed by various companies, which could see travellers going at up to 750 miles an hour in floating pods within low-pressure tubes.
Newly released photos of the interior of a full-scale capsule model that went on display in Dubai early this year show a lodge that resembles that of a modern airliner but better.
Designed for a route between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the futuristic-looking pod prototype has room for five passengers in first class and fourteen in economy class. In first class, there are digital displays, temperature-controlled leather seats and touch screens that let passengers adjust the lighting from blue to pink, according to the website of Design works, the Los Angeles-based consultancy that worked with Virgin Hyperloop One and Dubai’s Roads and Transit Authority to create the mock-up.
What makes Hyperloop different?
There are two major differences between Hyperloop and normal rail. The pods helping passengers travel through tubes or tunnels from which the most of the air has been removed to lessen friction. This should enable the pods to make a trip at up to 750 miles for each hour.
Rather than using wheels like a train or car, the pods are designed to float on air skis, using the same fundamental idea as an air hockey table, or use magnetic levitation to reduce friction.
Benefits of Hyperloop
Supporters of hyperloop technology maintained that Hyperloop could be cheaper and faster than trains and car travel, and cheaper and less polluting than air travel. They argue that it is quicker and cheaper to build than traditional high-speed rail; as such, Hyperloop could take the pressure off gridlocked roads, making travel between cities easier and potentially unlocking major economic benefits as a result. This technology is still in development even though the basic concept has been around for many years. At the moment, the earliest any Hyperloop is likely to be ready in 2021.
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