The new Hyperloop train will cut travel time by 80% at half the cost of driving
20$ Hyperloop ticket from San Francisco to Los Angeles
The Hyperloop is the most energy efficient form of transportation yet
The Hyperloop train system will consist of capsules full of passengers (around 28). Each capsule is run through a low pressure tube (a tube with the air sucked out of it). The capsule will be levitated and propelled with the use of magnets and air streams in order to obtain maximum speeds. These methods will remove almost all friction thus making it one of the most efficient and fastest methods of travel ever built.
German research paper tells us that the Hyperloop will be able to transport goods at "faster travel speeds, reduced transportation costs, greater safety, less noise and air pollution, fewer climate effects, smaller carbon footprints, minimal separation effects, enhanced property efficiency, and lower maintenance costs." The study is done based off of findings in Germany however they believe that the general findings would be pertain to nations all across the world.
Stephen Granade of Dynetics, Inc. shares that with the building of highways and the typical train line comes disruption of farmland, noise disturbances and other environmental costs. However, the Hyperloop does no more damage to the surrounding landscape then a tree or a telephone pole. This is due to the fact that the Hyperloop will be set in the air, placed atop pylons. Not only is this for environmental reasons but it also gives protection against floods and earthquakes adding to its safety and longevity.
Colleges compete in SpaceX Hyperloop competition
Talk of this new founded technology has led SpaceX to create the Hyperloop Pod Competition. Teams from Colleges and Universities around the United States compete to develop and build the best Hyperloop Pod. Here at the University of Maryland, College Park, a team of 22 students was assembled to compete. The University of Maryland's team, along with 21 other teams from around the country, have been selected to advance in the competition and will be sent to California this summer (2017) to test their designs on the world's first Hyperloop test track.
Will the Hyperloop be the ground breaking technology we have been waiting for that will bridge the gap between far away places in a safe and efficient manner?