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We now have a physical concept of what the interior of a Hyperloop pod may look like. While there are a handful of companies competing to create the first commercial version of the new transportation system, Virgin Hyperloop One may be the closest.
The company, in partnership with BMW’s Designworks studio and the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA), unveiled details of what the inside of a Hyperloop capsule could look like.
This is the first time that the public will be able to explore a potential hyperloop capsule.
Because the Hyperloop requires passengers to be seated while in motion, Designworks wanted to create a comfortable experience in a pod that will have no windows. That means touchscreens that provide control over many personal settings when seated in first class — like controlling the temperature of your chair or changing the color and power of the seat lights. The displays will have personalized entertainment loaded, too, and can control the position of your chair.
It appears that the same prototype was on display in Dubai in February.
According to the Khaleej Times, the Hyperloop will sport two classes — Gold seating five passengers and Silver seating 14. The video appears to show seats in the gold cabin in a 1-1 configuration, with the silver cabin having several rows of 2-2 seating. Both cabins have extensive mood lighting – taking a cue from some airline’s implementation of the design feature.
Virgin Hyperloop One is negotiating with the UAE to build the world’s first commercial Hyperloop system. It hopes that the capsule will reach speeds of 670 mph, ferrying passengers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes.
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