From Amsterdam to Berlin in 55 minutes with the Hyperloop - a preview
Imagine: You wake up, swing by the office for a bit in the center of Amsterdam, then attend a business meeting in Berlin at lunch time. No, you don’t use an airplane to get there. You take the Hyperloop. And in 55 minutes you’re standing at the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of Berlin.
This is how Hardt Hyperloop, which is working on Hyperloop development in the Netherlands, describes a realistic scenario in the near future. The Hyperloop is a sustainable alternative to short-haul flights. One of the major advantages compared to traveling by airplane is that the Hyperloop will take travelers right into city centers. UNStudio conducted a study together with Hardt Hyperloop on the passenger user experience and the design of the stations, which plays a major role in this experience.
In the Hyperloop Experience video, Hardt Hyperloop shows what travel with the Hyperloop will look like. This 3D animation takes you along on a trip from Amsterdam to Berlin and allows you to experience it through the eyes of the passengers. It shows that the Hyperloop is not only sustainable and fast, but also very comfortable.
Upon arriving at the fictional Hub, you conveniently board the Hyperloop, which brings you from Amsterdam to Berlin within an hour. The Hyperloop was developed to make the short trip as pleasant as possible, with enough space and comfortable seats. During your trip you are updated on your current location and time, the estimated arrival times and the transfer options. The ceiling has a skylight made up of curved screens that can show the weather conditions outside. This creates a unique ambience that doesn’t make you feel as if you’re sitting in a closed cabin.
This latter aspect is especially important regarding traveling by Hyperloop. Using VR technology, Hardt conducted qualitative research on how passengers feel about traveling in a vehicle without windows, and the results were positive. Mars Geuze, co-founder of Hardt Hyperloop: “Users describe both the station and the vehicle as spacious, comfortable and relaxing. Hyperloop is perceived as high quality public transport, and yet ticket prices will be comparable to what people are used to from existing means of transport”.
The route from Amsterdam to Berlin is only one of the many routes in the network Hardt Hyperloop will use to connect European cities to each other. Thanks to its high speeds and major reduction of CO2 emissions, the Hyperloop is therefore a sustainable alternative to short-haul flights. Ben van Berkel, founder of UNStudio/UNSense, which is responsible for the design of the Hyperloop stations, says: “Urbanization has created infrastructure challenges that cannot be solved with our current modalities. That’s why we need a sustainable alternative to flying. The Hyperloop provides this alternative, with travelers additionally being offered seamless connections to other transportation modalities in the city centers of existing cities. This animation is a preview of what you can expect.”
About the VR experience and video
The video came about thanks to a subsidy from the Dutch government for the Chronosphere program. Hardt Hyperloop produced the video in cooperation with UNStudio and in partnership with Twisted, a creative production agency based in Eindhoven. Twisted is responsible for the production of the video and the VR experience. They’ve made extensive use of Volumetric Video technology, which (in part) converts scanned persons to 3D personages, which are featured in these innovative productions.