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Hoe? Met de Hyperloop, het nieuwe transportsysteem

Luchtweerstand is een van de grootste oorzaken van de ineffiënctie van de huidige transportsystemen. Dit is dan ook de reden waarom de Hyperloop wel ontzettend snel kan zijn. Deze 'rijdt' namelijk in bijna luchtledige pijpen. Het is een idee van het bedrijf van Elon Musk, SpaceX. Het systeem is vooral interessant voor afstanden onder de 1000 kilometer, daarboven is een vliegverbinding efficiënter. 

De kosten voor het reizen met de Hyperloop zullen uiteindelijk ontzettend laag zijn. Reizen van San Fransisco naar Londen zal ongeveer een half uur duren en goedkoper worden dan een metrokaartje vandaag de dag in welke stad dan ook. 



The hyperloop is based on the idea that if you can evacuate most of the air from a tube the normal issues of speed and sonic booms go away.   There would be the ability to accelerate much faster than with wind resistance and the transportation efficiency would jump dramatically as air resistance is a very large part of the overall inefficiency of typical transportation systems.

An even more interesting thing turns out to be possible.   When you arrange magnets around a tube just right the metal car travelling inside the tube experiences a significant force that lifts the vehicle.  This is possible without any external power application other than the power to move the vehicle.

The existence of this effect means that once set into motion a vehicle in one of these pods could literally float on the air left in the pod and have almost zero resistance with the surfaces as well as with the air.

This would mean the cost of going 5 miles or 5000 miles would be incredibly low compared to traditional transportation to the point of essentially being free.  It would easily be possible for the cost to go from San Francisco to London would be less than the cost of a subway ticket in any city.

The physical problems with achieving hyperloop are infinitely less than trying to get autonomous vehicles working ubiquitously

Once such hyperloop tubes were set up and the magnets in place the tubes would be a tremendous resource because they would require only making sure they were relatively sealed (a perfect vacuum is not required) and the tubes should work forever at zero additional cost.   The pods running in the tubes would be upgraded periodically but their cost of maintenance would be almost zero as well.

It is easy to imagine transport at thousands of miles per hour for virtually free throughout most of the world.   The economic efficiency of this form of transport is so compelling that unless we are talking small distances it will make sense to use hyperloop for all future long distance transport.    This would also mean shipping costs would drop dramatically.

It’s up to us how fast this can happen

This will take longer than 20 years.  The first hyperloop may take 20 years to build at the current rate.  It will probably take 60 years to 80 years to deploy hyperloop all over the world but once going these things will multiply like hotcakes.  The economics of them is unassailable.

Even though we could have cars going 200 mph on freeways it will be grossly inefficient to do that and pointless unless you wanted to do that.  It is likely that full VR projection from the outside to the inside of a hyperloop car will make being inside the hyperloop as visually exciting as being in a car.

Competing with this future is the need to travel at all.   VR technology may make transporting oneself everywhere far less needed.  However, we will still want to transport lots of “stuff” and so the benefits for cargo transportation would be there.

How all these factors play out is hard to figure out but the sheer economics of these things and the technical advances in the pipeline foretell that this is likely our future.

“Goedkoper dan een metrokaartje”

De eerste Hyperloop zou over 20 jaar geïmplementeerd kunnen worden, waardoor het wel 60 tot 80 jaar zal gaan duren voordat deze overal in de wereld geïmplementeerd is. Er zijn momenteel nog twijfels over de veiligheid van het systeem. 

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