Hyperloop – a way forward

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World’s population is increasing at an alarming rate and it is expected to continue growing at an exponential rate. Because of over population, we have experienced scarcity of resources. Amongst those resources is the reduced capacity of roads to hold traffic. Traffic congestion has become a menace in both the developed and developing countries. Over the years there have been multiple debate regarding possible traffic solution. For many years, scientists and experts believed that the next generation of cars would fly and that these flying vehicles have the potential to solve the issue of traffic congestion. Flying vehicles seemed to be a good solution since they made those vehicles completely independent from the currently laid infrastructure. But with time it was realized that the idea of flying car as impractical as it sounds.

Since then scientists have moved to the concept of traveling underground in fast paced pods. Hyperloop is a technology aimed at fighting traffic congestions and long traveling durations by traveling underground. The idea behind this invention in to give mobility a completely different outlook. Passenger will travel at an estimated speed of 700 miles per hour in floating pods inside low pressure tubes. With increased advancement in hyperloop technology, the low pressure tubes are now being built both above and below ground. Inside these tubes, pods float on a frictionless magnetic cushion and is powered using an induction motor, electromagnetic propulsion, and embedded rechargeable batteries. Consequently, an effective, silent and emission free system is obtained.

For every innovation it is critical that it is deemed safe and hence extensive work has been put into making the structure of the capsules not only light weighted but also extremely strong. Companies around the world have moved away from aluminum structure and have adopted carbon fiber. This new material is not only eight times stronger than aluminum and ten times stronger than steel variants. In addition to these, it is approximately 1.5 times lighter than aluminum.

Proponents of this technology believe this innovation to be revolutionary since not only will this reduce traveling time but will also be one of the cheapest forms of transportation. Some say that benefits of hyperloop will overweigh those of bullet or highspeed trains. Furthermore, its zero addition of net emissions can not be ignored. Hyperloop could therefore be used to take the pressure off gridlocked roads, making travel between cities easier, and potentially unlocking major economic benefits as a result.

Opponents or critics of hyperloop believe that a major drawback of traveling in elevating pods is the discomfort that a passenger might feel during the journey. They believe experience might be uncomfortable due to nausea caused primarily due to acceleration of the pods. In addition to this the effect of G-force or the centrifugal forces on the bends. As well as traveling in concrete windowless pipes or tubes might make a dull experience. That is why companies are now focusing on customized pods for passengers, allowing them to set the scenario according to their wish.

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