The future of transportation

Hyperloop is a transportation of the future which would make transportation faster. It was proposed by Elon Musk and was first publicly mentioned in  2012 but was published in August 2013. The Hyperloop is a sealed tube or system of tubes in which a pod can travel freely. Companies like Virgin Hyperloop One-USA, Hyperloop Transportation Technololgies-USA (HTT), TransPod-Canada and so on are currently working on the proposed project.

The transportation system uses a train like capsule that floats on air through a low pressure tube and magnetic levitation technology. The two tubes of the hyperloop would be suspended on concrete pillars about 20 feet above the ground, which would allow it to pass over roads without confusion or disruption .The capsule is estimated to hold about 28 passengers per pod. Due to its low pressure in the tube and magnetic levitation technology, it would be much faster than the plane 1200 km/h (760mph).

The hyperloop would be powered mostly on electricity, which is environmental friendly. Most of its power would be generated by solar panel,  that would be placed at the top of the tube. Musk calculates that 57 panels would be placed over the tubes and as much as 285 megawatts could fit in the tube, which would allow for more than enough energy for the tube to run.
The proposal projected that the construction would be cost saving, due to the fact that the capsule would be light weight. It was then predicted by, Michael Anderson –who is a professor of agricultural and resource economics at UC Berkely - that it would cost about US$100 billion. A professor – Michel L Anderson – at the university of California, gave a more detailed view about the cost for each passengers. In his view he stated that the cost per person for 30 minutes, would cost about US$1000 per person.

In addition, the Hyperloop one has just completed its first test and it is expected to have succesfully commercialized in various nations by 2024. Various routes for the Hyperloop have been proposed, which came from individuals, universities and several state transportation departments, which cuts across multiple cities and states. We will be looking forward for their next big step.



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