Virgin Group’s Hyperloop has been under development since 2014, and it is now in the testing phase. This technology is touted as the next great thing in global mass transportation. The Hyperloop system, which is estimated to travel at speeds of over 1000 km, is three times faster than high-speed rail and ten times faster than normal rail. By adopting this technique, the speed can be reduced significantly.
According to Hyperloop, this revolutionary technology can compete with commercial airplanes in travel times and, surprisingly, with no direct emissions. According to the route estimator of the Hyperloop website, the distance between Delhi and Mumbai, which is around 1153 km, can be covered in 1 hour 22 minutes. In terms of operation, Hyperloop pods operate in tubes that provide a near-vacuum environment, resulting in very low aerodynamic drag.
The Virgin Hyperloop pods will use magnetic levitation and propulsion technology to further increase their speed. It is very similar to train in that pods can travel in a convoy but since they are not physically connected to each other, they can go to different places. The Virgin Hyperloop system uses airlocks to move the vehicle in and out slowly and safely in a near-vacuum environment without any pressure. For passengers who wish to exit the vehicle, this tube will have an emergency exit every 75 metres. In addition, Hyperloop uses central command and control for safe routing.