There's been plenty of speculation around the Hyperloop concept, the high-speed transportation system proposed by tech mogul Elon Musk. The Hyperloop would transport passengers in pods through low-pressure vacuum tubes at speeds of up to 750 mph, theoretically. Just last week, Musk's company SpaceX announced a competition to design the first prototypes for his futuristic vision.
Most of the discussion around the project has centered on the engineering and economic aspects of the technology. The initial proposed route, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, poses a lot of high-end technical (and legislative) challenges. But assuming all goes well, what about the actual passenger experience of traveling, via frictionless pods, through space-age vacuum tubes?
A recently released concept design from Texas-based consultancy argodesign tackles that question, imagining the user experience of Hyerloop travel. Speaking from argodesign's Austin offices, lead designer Chipp Walters took Discovery News on a tour.