Faster Than the Speed of Flight: Watch the Concept Video for Virgin’s Hyperloop Transit System
Within the next decade, Virgin Hyperloop passengers could hop from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio, in about 40 minutes—faster than it takes to fly.
The highly anticipated pod-based transportation system will theoretically reach speeds above 700 mph. If that seems difficult to picture, you’re in luck: Virgin just shared a concept video showing what the experience would look like.
As Inverse reports, each pod accommodates up to 28 people, who get to relax on roomy seats and even charge their phones on wireless charging pads. On the back of each seat is a timer keeping track of the trip’s remaining duration, and a skylight lets in plenty of natural light. There aren’t any windows at eye level, though, so you’ll just have to imagine all the blurry landscapes as you breeze past them. Much like subway cars, the pods travel in a continuous train. But since they aren’t attached to each other, they can veer off toward different stops without adding extra travel time for people on longer journeys.
The pods are spacious and bright, and the stations are even more so—complete with high ceilings, white walls, and large, leafy plants. “We leveraged decades of experience designing how people and things move across various modalities—taking some of the best aspects from aviation, rail, automotive, and even hospitality to create a new and better passenger experience that is distinct to Virgin Hyperloop,” John Barratt, CEO and president of Teague, the design firm responsible for the pods, said in a press release.
The calm, comfortable pods are an exciting prospect for people accustomed to commuting on cramped city trains—or driving on congested city streets—but it could still be quite a while before Virgin Hyperloop sets up shop near you. The company is hoping to complete its safety certification by 2025 and start ferrying actual passengers in 2030.