Virgin Hyperloop Designs a Pod for Post-Pandemic TimesJune 22, 2020 0 By Looper
Virgin Hyperloop One is thought to be one of the major players in the world of hyperloop. The company has projects all across America, where it has its headquarters, also in Mumbai and Dubai. Although the anticipated time needed for their functional system to be fully operational is in 2030, the complete certification is expected to be completed within the next few years.
VHO has started a collaboration with Bjarke Ingels Group, often referred to as BIG, which is an architecture firm currently working with Virgin’s team on a detailed prototype for Dubai World’s Fair. The aim of this event is to be a gateway into new markets for all businesses, offering them the chance to develop relationships with nations, multilateral organisations, corporations and educational institutions. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it had to be rescheduled for October of 2021.
Nevertheless, VHO will take the current situation into account while perfecting their design. During her interview with Forbes, Sara Luchian, director of passenger experience stated:
“Some of the system’s features already have the ability to ensure social distancing. Being on-demand and direct-to-destination means the pod arrives as scheduled. There are no wait times so there’s less congregating and more spacing.”
Luchian also mentioned that the company is thinking about introducing antimicrobial surfaces into their pod’s design. They would be made of copper and silver and would have the ability to kill pathogens when coupled with UV light for the disinfection process. The technology behind the hyperloop system is also aimed to be touchless. VHO would like to utilise inventions such as facial recognition and thermal scanners in order to confirm passengers’ identity and conduct wellness checks. Therefore, the hyperloop system could not only be cheaper, but also safer than the traditional airlines. What is more, people would spend statistically less time inside of the pod, than for example in a train travelling on the same distance.