Designworks, a BMW Group company, teamed with Virgin Hyperloop One and the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai earlier this year to create a full-scale hyperloop passenger capsule. The first prototype of its type to be shown to a wider public, the capsule applies a sense of premium styling not unlike that employed in BMW products to a new mode of transportation.
“With the Virgin Hyperloop One design, we wanted to create a new visual expression for a new mode of public transportation” says Designworks LA Studio Design Director Johannes Lampela.
In designing the capsule, Designworks embraced the challenge of turning what would naturally be a restrictive environment into a comfortable one. This was achieved by incorporation multidirectional and personally controllable lights, entertainment displays and seating. First class passengers would have the ability to change the color and intensity of lighting, select heating or cooling functions in their adjustable leather seats and select entertainment options via a personal touch-screen display.
The design of the prototype, which made its global debut earlier this year at City Walk Dubai as part of UAE Innovation Month, utilizes traditional Arabic patterns in an environment that fuses traditional cultural sensibilities with a forward-thinking mindset. The result is an atmosphere that is comforting, relatable and enjoyable for passengers.
Virgin Hyperloop One is in the midst of negotiations with RTA to build a functional hyperloop system in the UAE. The final product would see capsules traveling at speeds of up to 671 miles per hour, transporting passengers from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in as little as 12 minutes.
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