Hyperloop Technology Striving to Decrease Transportation Time
Hyperloop is an evolutionary transportation concept that has the backing of the CEO of Tesla Motors and Co-Founder of PayPal, Elon Musk. This project started to gain worldwide attention a few years ago as a high speed transportation method that could link major cities and transport travelers via a high speed tunnel similar to a human vacuum. This tunnel is projected to travel at speeds close to 800 mph enabling passengers to travel from LA to San Francisco, what would be a five and a half hour drive, in less than 30 minutes. The Hyperloop is more than just a rumor though, as the project recently broke ground on its five mile test track in Quay Valley, California.
The Hyperloop is still in the very early stages of development but it is projected to be a safe means of travel for the public by taking into account the effects of rapid acceleration on the human body, deceleration techniques and traffic management throughout its engineering and development. Additionally, the Hyperloop is already projected to be millions of dollars cheaper to develop and install than current plans for “high speed trains” that travel at half the projected speed of the Hyperloop.
The latest development with the Hyperloop was unveiled last week at SXSW. Augmented reality windows have been proposed to be installed into the tunnel to allow passengers to enjoy what appears to be the scenic route that accompanies a window seat while also allowing for advertising and media space. According to the CEO of the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, Dirk Alhborn, “These screens use head tracking to see where you’re looking and, based on your position, we are actually manipulating the image so that you have the same feeling as looking out the window.” Below is a clip that demonstrates how the so called window would work.
The successful implementation of the Hyperloop could forever change the transportation and even construction industries. The Hyperloop, if used to transport not just passengers, but also to ship materials, could improve supply chains and the transfer of materials in industries including construction. However, the Hyperloop is expected to face many challenges from governments in regards to allowing further construction and expansion of the system. If this transportation system is adapted by the masses, though, many would benefit from saved time and improved efficiencies as well as economic advantages that could accompany the Hyperloop.