You know those clear vacuum tubes at bank drive-thrus - the ones that suck up deposit canisters at lightning speed? Sure you do, they're mesmerizing. Admit it, if there was a mode of transportation that allowed you to travel back and forth like those canisters do, you would be the first to hop aboard.
Well, if Evacuated Tube Transport (ETT or ET3) can ever turn their patent into a reality, your totally tubular pipe dreams just might be plumb for picking.
How does zooming from New York to Beijing in just two hours sound, or a round-the-world trip in six hours? Did I mention you'll be traveling at the better-than-Botox speed of 4,000 miles per hour?
Ok, technically, the tubes work differently from the drive-up bank tubes, which are based on pneumatic tube transport. This is evacuated tube transport. It works by creating a tube where all of the air is removed. The passenger vehicle is, which is pressurized and has plenty of air and other amenities, moves through the airless environment levitating on a magnetic track. Its movement is controlled by manipulating the magnetic forces that are at play between the track and the capsule. (Think of how opposite ends of a magnetic attract each other and same ends repel.)