Virgin’s Hyperloop may one day have commuters flying through vacuum tubes in levitating pods at over 600mph. It’s safe to say Branson’s dreaming big.
Remember the Futurama opening sequence that depicted commuters whizzing around cities inside giant tubes? Well Richard Branson’s vision for the future of human and cargo transportation isn’t all that different.
At the forefront of this concept is the Virgin Hyperloop, a bullet shaped pod which aims to completely slash travel times, congestion, and environmental impact linked to petrol-fuelled machines.
Hurtling through city long vacuum tubes, each autonomous pod will either be carrying around 28 passengers (with ‘light luggage’) or typical freight cargo at speeds up to 600mph – that’s twice that of a commercial flight and three times faster than a high-speed train. It’s probably best you hold the bar then.
Inside what’s known as a hyperloop system, hence the project name, a magnetic force imparted on the pod will cause it to levitate (yes, really) off the floor of the tube making these rapid journeys near silent, aside from all the whooping from city bigwigs on their way to conferences. Combined with a sustainable electric propulsion unit, this baby is able to achieve some serious thrust.
Two passengers have ridden in a @virginhyperloop pod in a test that has made transportation history. Read my thoughts on why I’m so excited about Virgin Hyperloop and its potential to change how the world moves around: https://t.co/4PRA6PN8B1 pic.twitter.com/MXd2ZC9CmX
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) November 9, 2020