The augmented reality windows might freak out some passengers, too.
The Hyperloop promises to carry people and goods between cities at over 700 miles per hour, but the experience of actually riding in one of these pods looks rather cramped, based on renderings from Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. Plus, the firm’s idea for augmented reality windows seems potentially nauseating.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is among the firms that hope to move this concept from a science-fiction pipe dream and into reality. At its core, the idea involves placing a levitating pod inside of a low-pressure tube. The near vacuum would minimize drag and allow for the rapid speeds.
These renderings don’t make the high-speed ride look very enjoyable, though. Three-abreast seating isn’t uncommon on some commuter jets today, and here the aisle between the chairs looks very constricted. It’s hard to imagine walking between the seats without turning sideways.
Because occupants are in a pod, which is inside a tube, windows are difficult to implement into the design. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies thinks augmented reality screens could be the answer. As the video above shows, passengers would see a projection of what’s happening outside, rather than the real thing. However, imagine looking forward or across the aisle and seeing a constantly changing perspective as the display reacts to the person in that seat. This seems like a good way to disorient people rather than put them at ease.
According to The Verge, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies hasn’t yet shown a prototype for its tech, so we need to take these renderings with a grain of salt. Even rival company Hyperloop One only recently proved its propulsion system worked during a short public demonstration. There’s still no guarantee a fully functional Hyperloop ever arrives. If it does, let’s hope the riding experience is suitably futuristic.
Source: The Verge