Hyperloop travel carrying passengers is like a dream come true for us. On November 8, 2020, the dream took its first step in pursuing reality with Virgin’s hyperloop completing its first human travel in a hyperloop pod at a test site in the Nevada desert. The hyperloop technology process works with a small pod carrying passengers over a vacuum tube.
The statistics by virgin shows that it had run about 400 unoccupied tests before. Virgin says it can move at a top speed of about 1080km/hr (670mph) planning a journey of 615km (382miles) from Los Angeles to San Francisco within a time of 43 minutes. In comparison to it, an airplane would cover it in 1hr 28 minutes and a car in 6 hours. So it is visible how fast the hyperloop can move and save our time without producing any carbon emissions.
Founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson said “For the past few years, the Virgin Hyperloop team has been working on turning its groundbreaking technology into reality. With today’s successful test, we have shown that this spirit of innovation will change the way people everywhere live, work, and travel in the years to come.”
Josh Giegel said “When we started in a garage over 6 years ago, the goal was simple – to transform the way people move. Today, we took one giant leap toward that ultimate dream, not only for me but for all of us who are looking towards a moonshot right here on Earth.”
The vehicle in which the test took place for the first time is a 2-seater vehicle and is known as an XP-2 vehicle. It is designed by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group and KILO Design and was built by keeping the safety and comfort of passengers in mind. When the vehicle will be coming into the regular mode of production it will have a seating capacity of 28 passengers. The development of larger models for goods transport is also in progress.
Sara Luchian said “Hyperloop is about so much more than the technology. It’s about what it enables. To me, the passenger experience ties it all together. And what better way to design the future than to experience it first-hand?”
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop watching the historic first passenger travel said “I had the true pleasure of seeing history made before my very eyes – to witness the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years come to life. I have always had tremendous faith in the team at Virgin Hyperloop to transform this technology into a safe system, and today we have done that. We are one step closer to ushering in a new era of ultra-fast, sustainable movement of people and goods.”
The XP-2 vehicle is said to have undergone a very strict safety process that would be applied to the future commercial hyperloop systems along with a detection technology that can detect various emergency responses.
Jay Walder CEO of Virgin Group said “I can’t tell you how often I get asked ‘is hyperloop safe? With today’s passenger testing, we have successfully answered this question, demonstrating that not only can Virgin Hyperloop safely put a person in a pod in a vacuum environment but that the company has a thoughtful approach to safety which has been validated by an independent third party.”
US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine Chao and the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council disclosed the guidance document on July 20, 2020, to regulate hyperloop in the United States. The guidance document will help to deploy the hyperloop soon in the US and will also provide good funding for the project.
The hyperloop technology will form the most updated mode of the transport system in over 100 years and also being faster, safer, cheaper than the previous modes of transportation. We hope to travel by it as soon as possible.
Source – virginhyperloop