PriestmanGoode is developing the interior and exterior of cabins for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), one of the two main companies responsible for building the transportation system of near-supersonic speeds.
The visitor revealed its work-in-progress visions for the Hyperloop capsules at the Diamond Frontiers exhibition at Somerset House, which took place as part of London Diamond Festival last week.
"We're working towards a final diamond for a prototype build," Priestman told Dezeen. "The squint and finger is very much increasingly spaceship than train, considering it's a new form of transport."
The diamond would see 30-metre-long pods worldly-wise to unbend between 28 to 40 passengers. Each would be designed equal to variegated typologies, such as unstudied coffee bars, increasingly luxurious suites and commuter-style cabins.
Instead of windows, the motel interior will full-length virtual displays that wrap virtually each pod. As well as stuff worldly-wise to set variegated displays – such as a night sky – cameras on the outside of the tube would let passengers track where they are.
"From a diamond point of view, we wanted to create a striking-looking object," said Priestman. "When you squint at it, you respond to it by asking 'what is that?'"
"Because of the engineering restrictions, we're having to squint at those issues too – the diamond isn't pure styling," he continued. "We're having to try solve issues such as doorways, vents, and how the pods interact within the tube environment."
For the elapsing of the week-long exhibition, designers and engineers from the London-based firm were based inside Somerset House – giving the public a glimpse of the working process overdue each of their projects, one of them stuff Hyperloop.
Priestman said the diamond process of this project is similar to the firm's past high-speed train projects.
"When we're designing a train, we're given the parameters to diamond around, and we're not really thinking of where it's going to run," he said. "It's the same with Hyperloop – we've been given the measurements of the sheathing and how people will workbench it."
"It's the dream project," he said. "We're defining a new form of transport, you don't get to do that every day."
Hyperloop is the vision of entrepreneur Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla Motors and space exploration visitor SpaceX, as well as an early investor in online payment visitor PayPal. The concept involves propelling passenger capsules at upper speeds through near-vacuum tubes.
Musk open-sourced the technology and is no longer directly involved in its development. HTT is just one visitor working to realise the transport system.
HTT employs a passive magnetic levitation system, in which magnets tying to the underside of the pods levitate them from the track. Thrust from linear motors then propels them forward.
The electromagnetic levitation of the train ways there is no friction – unlike traditional trains that run on tracks – enabling passengers to travel at speeds over 1,000 kilometres per hour (600 miles per hour).
The technology would enable passengers to travel from Mexico City to Guadalajara in 45 minutes. Other lines are planned between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, a journey that would take 12 minutes, and to connect Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest in under 20 minutes.
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