The Hyperloop One is Making Big Promises
While everyone’s over here freaking out about flying cars, I’m still overwhelmed with the idea of the new train system that’s being built through our town. Seriously, the thing has taken years to build, and it doesn’t look like it’s anywhere near close to done.
It’s actually putting stores out of business at this point, and even now as everyone starts learning what it feels like to bump and bounce their cars over these new, weird tracks on the road I am not the least bit excited. Seriously people…the trains we’ve always had work fine, and so do all the cars and buses.
However. There seems to be a large amount of interest in creating faster transportation systems that will carry a lot more people from point A to point B, C, D, E and F. And although it seems like quite the hassle right now, the projection is that this kind of technology will increase some of the projects being worked on right now that might help to improve and speed up our ability to get from A to B. I came across this gem of a prototype that has me interested: The Hyperloop One.
What is it?
Let’s put it this way. If it took you hours to drive from one place to another based on construction, traffic and general distance…now you’ll be able to get there in mere minutes without a hitch. And at the price of a bus ticket. Intrigued yet?
The idea for the Hyperloop One began in 2014, and has since grown to become a team of over 200 engineers, welders, designers and other skilled individuals across Nevada and Los Angeles. The idea is to help transportation get to an entirely new level, where cities become metro stops and regions can flourish at the potential to have new guests coming and going multiple times through the day without a hitch.
How does it work?
As explained on the Hyperloop website, the vessel uses a custom motor to speed up and slow down a levitated pod (whaaaat) through a low-pressure tube. Essentially, the vehicle will get you to your destination at top speed and without any bumps or turbulence.
Is it really that much faster?
If you’re going from Melbourne to Sydney, you’re looking at almost eleven hours of driving or four and a half hours for a flight. With the Hyperloop One, you can get to Sydney in less than an hour.
When can we see this thing in action?
When I started reading about the Hyperloop, I was assuming we weren’t going to see it live in action for a least another decade. After watching the construction in my city absolutely abolish some streets for years at a time, I really have zero faith when it comes to introducing new modes of transportation into an already established area.
However, according to Hyperloop the motor was already tested last year, and 2017 seems to be the year to test the full system. “If all goes to plan”, it will be moving cargo in 2020 and moving passengers by 2021 across 5 countries.
The Hyperloop would be a huge game changer for thousands of businesses, especially for those that work with a lot of out of town employees and people who commute. A Midwest Hyperloop would get employees from Columbus to Pittsburgh or Chicago in less than 30 minutes, while a connection along the front range of Colorado would also decrease the commute between cities to less than half an hour.
What do you think?
I won’t say I’m not nervous about this thing. It reminds me of some sort of roller coaster ride, just before it shoots you out over the entire city and just before it catapults you to what you’re sure is certain death. All fears aside, this mode of transportation is one of the fastest-developing designs we’ve seen, and it may not be too long from now when we’re able to hitch a ride from Canada to Hawaii for a quick weekend getaway. :O
So naturally, now I’m excited.
What do you think?0