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Virgin Hyperloop this week unveiled its “vision for the future” via a concept video highlighting the high-speed journey from boarding to arrival. Along with industry partners, Virgin Hyperloop designed what it calls a “comprehensive, multi-sensory passenger experience that surpasses that of any other form of mass transit.”

Based on the video (below), Virgin’s bright, sterile stations function much like modern terminals, where folks buy tickets, wait for their gate assignment, and board individual vehicles—each carrying up to 28 passengers. A long skylight brightens the car, where sleek benches and scrolling digital signs keep riders up to speed—literally.

Built-in LED screens display a journey’s ETA, a time-remaining countdown, and real-time speed, as well as the WiFi signal strength and toilet availability. Commuters, meanwhile, can sit back, relax, wirelessly charge their phones, and enjoy a hot beverage while smoothly traveling upwards of 650 mph.

“Designing a new mode of transportation from scratch is both an opportunity and a responsibility,” Sara Luchian, Virgin Hyperloop’s director of passenger experience, said in a statement. “Hyperloop technology—and what it enables—is paradigm-shifting. It follows that the passenger experience should be nothing short of extraordinary.”

Since its launch in 2014, the firm has been known by many names (including Hyperloop Technologies, Hyperloop One, and Virgin Hyperloop One), but has always focused on one goal: to transform the way people travel. Six years later, company co-founder and CTO Josh Giegel and Luchian completed the world’s first hyperloop passenger test, traveling 48 meters-per-second on a 500-meter trip through the Nevada desert in Experimental Pod-2 (XP-2).

The future, according to Virgin Hyperloop (Photo via Virgin Hyperloop)

The prototype vehicle was designed with many of the safety systems passengers can expect on a future commercial hyperloop, which will boast larger cars with seating for up to 28 and travel at speeds of up to 670 mph. It’s so fast, in fact, that the 382-mile trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco—a 1.5-hour plane ride or six-hour drive—will take less than 45 minutes.

Ticket prices will vary depending on your exact route, but a recent study suggests hyperloop fares may be more comparable to the cost of driving, rather than flying.

“It’s simple. If it’s not affordable, people won’t use it,” according to Virgin Hyperloop CEO Jay Walder. “Daily high-speed transport is currently not feasible for most people, but we want to change that notion. Imagine being able to commute between cities that are currently hours apart in minutes—and the endless possibilities that opens up.”

The company hopes to earn its safety certifications by 2025, which plans for commercial operations beginning in 2030.

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