Venturing up to 670mph, this envisioned form of freight and passenger transportation is something of the future... but is very close to happening now
Our very beloved Elon Musk and Richard Branson have introduced Musk's latest innovation for the future of on-demand freight transportation, the Hyperloop, after Elon posted a 57-page white paper about the tech inviting anyone interesting in creating it to hop-on-board.
This piece of innovative and clever technology has surpassed what we previously thought possible, and looks like something out of a film. Simply put, the electric motor of the pod is made of two basic components, the rotor, and the stator. The pod uses electromagnetic currents, and this, paired with a linear motor, enables the pod to float above the track. Vacuum pumps remove all air from the tunnel, removing as much drag as possible, and creating our 'very own sky' as if you are flying. The loss of drag means only a very minute amount of electricity is needed to work the system.
Not only is this new technology cost efficient, innovative, and incredibly exciting, but it is moving freight and passenger transportation to a greener path.
What does this mean for Maritime? Although this sector can't account for the same speed, it can match this new tech on several of the same levels. "Maximum deployment of currently known technologies could make it possible to reach almost complete decarbonisation of maritime shipping by 2035", meaning Maritime could significantly reduce its environmental impact, making it more appealing to consumers and users. Additionally, implementing new technologies that drive efficiency would put Maritime at the forefront of global discussion.