argodesign released a series of renderings to show what the Hyperloop capsule interiors, platforms, terminals, would look like.
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SpaceX announced an open competition to design and build the best Hyperloop pod, and argodesign is one of the first to present details of the concept.
Argo design explains:
The Hyperloop contains four removable Capsules for carrying passengers, vehicles, and cargo. When engaged, the Capsules are fastened to the Hyperloop Sled, a single contiguous vehicle chassis that also contains the front-facing intake air compressor.
Says argo designer Chipp Walters,
“After studying both the initial plans and the engineering assessments we realized it would be critical for our design to expedite the exchange of passengers, vehicles, and cargo. To that end, we developed the concept of a Capsule Jukebox, which would lift Capsules off the Hyperloop Sled and onto the departure/arrival platform. There they could be changed, configured, loaded, and unloaded. A second platform would be used for maintenance and loading of vehicles.”
Another key insight was that the relatively narrow Capsule interior could be claustrophobic for travelers. “We developed a concept for digital wall screens, called Tripscenes, to create a feeling of openness and discovery during travel,” continues Walters. “In this way we turned the limitations of the Capsule space into a key part of the journey’s appeal.”
Tripscenes could include clouds, pastures, and even outer space and underwater scenes. They could also display route and trip information helpful to passengers.
argo’s Hyperloop design is not a fully engineered solution, but rather an exploration of what it might be like to visit a Hyperloop terminal and travel inside one. The design is an exercise for our team to contribute to the Hyperloop project, and we hope it stimulates discussion and thought on future design directions.
“From trains to cars to airplanes, there’s always been a certain romance associated with modern travel,” explains Mark Rolston, founder and chief creative officer at argodesign.
“We wanted to explore how the Hyperloop could take shape as a delightful and memorable experience for travelers.”