Local design consultancy PriestmanGoode unveiled its initial concept for the Hyperloop transportation system at the London Design Festival's "Please Don't Eat the Designers" installation—part of the larger Design Frontiers exhibition, displayed Sept. 18-24 at Somerset House. For the program, PreistmanGoode temporarily moved part of their studio to the gallery in order to show "real designers—from visualisers to materials specialists—working on real projects, allowing visitors to engage with the creative process and gain insight into what it's like working at the frontiers of the future of transport," according to the event website.
Commissioned by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the concept is being created in collaboration with Spanish engineering firm Carbures. At the forefront is the Hyperloop passenger capsule, which will be constructed out of HTT's proprietary Vibranium material: a sensor-embedded carbon fiber material that is ten times stronger than steel, according to the company.
The passenger capsules measure 98.5'-long by 9'-wide, and can accommodate up to 40 passengers, depending on carrier needs. Each cabin will have virtual display windows and passenger information screens. The pods will be able to reach and withstand speeds up to 760 mph.
PriestmanGoode's release of its preliminary concept for passenger pods comes after the news, announced earlier this month, that HTT signed an agreement with the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, for a Hyperloop transportation system. HTT, which was established in 2013, has also signed agreements to build their transportation systems in countries including France, Slovakia, and South Korea.