Though R&D is moving ahead on the Hyperloop, an extremely high speed form of magnetic rail transportation,
its still unknown if it will make financial sense to build hyper loop passenger networks.
They may not be able to carry as many passengers as current trains
and there are concerns about catastrophic accidents if something goes wrong.
So whats going right?
November 8th, 2020, just outside Las Vegas, Nevada,Virgin Hyperloop passed another milestone in its ambitious journey to revolutionize the way we move.It carried out its first passenger ride.
Three, two, one. Launch.
Josh Giegel, CEO and co-founder of Virgin Hyperloop and Sara Luchian, the Director of Passenger Experience
were the first to test it out.
And what was that experience like for you?
Oh, it was absolutely incredible.
It was phenomenal to be sitting in a vehicle we designed, built, we made safe and once we started going down the pod.We felt a nice gentle acceleration and then we got -- it was a pretty short test
but we got to the end and all we wanted to do was go back again.
Virgin Hyperloop is harnessing magnetic levitation technology and wants to take it to the next level.
Well what we want to do is be the first new mode of mass transportation over 100 years.
So were not a plane.Were not a car.
Were not a boat.What we are is a pod moving inside of a tube at the speed of an aircraft for a fraction of the energy consumption.
Basically taking you directly from where you are to where you want to be
without stopping at every place along the way, as smooth, electrically, sustainability, autonomously.
Its this idea that being able to move ten times faster than, you know, a car
and doing that for a fraction of the emissions.
Being able to connect, being able to move so many people, being able to save so many,
Ill say tons of emissions is that -- is really going to open up a lot of opportunities.
Has the pandemic altered the course of your planning or the execution of your pilot project?What impacts has it had for you?
The thing that I think is maybe a little bit of a silver lining, if we could say that about the -- the pandemic is that
its really accelerated the talk about sustainability.
Weve seen a world with less congestion.Weve seen a world of less pollution.
Weve also felt this absolute human desire to be connected to each other.
So we want to see each other, we want things faster
and this is the opportunity for us to rethink what it is were doing about the future.
Make some changes instead of building back the past, we can actually build back the future.