While Elon Musk has bold plans for space and VR, more activities are happening under the hood. INDG and AltSpace unveiled a VR Hyperloop journey, which charts the journey from entering the station to travelling in a pod. Neat.
The panoramic VR experience was unveiled at Elon Musk’s SpaceX headquarters in California. The VR experience is a virtual model of the Hyperloop, developed by the team at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands.
It is the third year that Delft Hyperloop is competing in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, winning first place in 2017.
Rieneke van Noort, Team Captain of Delft Hyperloop III, said: “At Delft Hyperloop we do not just focus on setting a new speed-record at the SpaceX Competition, but also on the long-term future of the Hyperloop. A part of this is showing the public what it will be like to travel using this new system. Through VR, we want to enable people to experience the Hyperloop in an interactive and immersive way. It is great to see people’s enthusiasm when they walk through the Hyperloop station and board one of the pods.”
Igor Voloschuk, CEO of AltSpace, said: “Our collaboration with Delft Hyperloop and INDG is grounded on the shared aspiration to work with technologies that advance and expand our lives. We supported their initiative by developing a VR experience that would allow the audience to dive into the world of the future and appreciate forthcoming breakthroughs. We believe the result is a bridge connecting the technologies of an innovative transportation system with the latest developments in real-time graphics.”
These experiences are very cool. While VR develops further, it is great to see companies enter a competition to showcase the capabilities of the Hyperloop.
The next step is to see the Hyperloop working, and for VR to complement the experience for those who cannot attend.
Editor, Virtual Perceptions