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Gallery: Upcoming human rides on Hyperloop

Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Jay Walder says the price of a ticket will be comparable to urban rail systems

Gallery: Upcoming human rides on Hyperloop
Coming soon: The futuristic hyperloop system will begin testing with and transporting human beings “sooner than you think”, according to Virgin Hyperloop One CEO Jay Walder. “Obviously, we know that this is the question that’s on everybody’s tongue,” Walder said in an exclusive interview. “It’s not far away.”
Gallery: Upcoming human rides on Hyperloop
Hyperloop in India: The government of the Indian state of Maharashtra officially deemed hyperloop a public infrastructure project. Maharashtra also approved a DP World-Virgin Hyperloop One consortium as the original project proponent for the plan that will cut down the travel time between Mumbai and Pune to less than 35 minutes.
Gallery: Upcoming human rides on Hyperloop
Stepping up: Walder said that the state’s recognition of hyperloop, alongside conventional modes of transport, is an important step that shows that the technology is rapidly becoming a viable reality. “[This puts it] on par and equivalent to ‘traditional’ infrastructure, like air, rail, cars and boats. All the things we’ve had for 100 years.”
Gallery: Upcoming human rides on Hyperloop
The experience: Walder said that from a passenger’s perspective, riding in a hyperloop pod will be roughly comparable to riding on a smooth passenger flight, although much more convenient. “It’s effectively [going to be moving] at the speed of an airplane, completely smooth, with no turbulence taking place.”
Gallery: Upcoming human rides on Hyperloop
Affordable tickets: Additionally, Walder said that the ticket prices are likely to be similar to rail tickets in major urban areas around the world. “We look at it as being comparable to a train ticket, rather than comparable to the cost of a plane ticket,” he said. “Our goal is to be used by millions and millions of people.”