This Could Be The Future of Transportation

This Could Be The Future of Transportation

Matthew Gearhart, Opinions Editor

Imagine a train, but instead of wheels and train tracks, imagine a levitating pod within a vacuum compressed tube, that could transport humans across the world at high speeds. This idea was named Hyperloop. It may sound a little bit science fiction, but it’s actually making ground. The idea of Hyperloop was brought to fruition by Elon Musk. Musk’s The Boring Company and other firms are now competing to develop the necessary technology for hyperloops, designing the magnetically levitated pods and small scale tubes of the hyperloop. Musk is planning on building a hyperloop between New York City and Washington D.C., in order to possibly reduce the travel time to 30 minutes. 

The Hyperloop is still in its infancy, but it’s on its way. As of late 2020, the company Virgin Hyperloop successfully tested a hyperloop with 2 passengers in it. The Pegasus Pod (XP-2), reached 107 mph in 6.25 seconds, the company record is 274mph, but the company says once a longer track is built, speeds of 670 mph will be possible. 

What makes hyperloops stand out to other forms of transportation, is air resistance. Vacuum pumps are located every 10 km on the hyperloop tube, theoretically sucking out 99% of air in the tube. Without air resistance, the pods travel much faster than things like commercial jets or trains, and creates much more energy-efficient travel. Speaking of energy hyper loops use electric propulsion to move, bringing clean energy into the forefront of innovation.

It doesn’t seem like a lot now but if this idea is successful, we may become more interconnected than we ever thought before. People could travel across the country for work and then return home that same day. And within the next decade or two we could see large interconnected boarding stations within large cities, becoming a reliable and feasible mode of transportation.  Travel will become easier and quicker, major cities will see less congestion in the roads and the world will see a brighter and cleaner future.