In test run, Hyperloop travels almost as fast as Toyota Yaris

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2020/11/12/in-test-run-hyperloop-travels-almost-as-fast-as-toyota-yaris.html

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Now, now, they also almost achieved 50% of the carrying capacity of Toyota Yaris, so they’re making progress on two metrics at once!

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It’s not a fraud!

There are sporty Yaris’

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You’ve got the possessive form there, you want the plural “Yareeses” or the irregular “Yarooses”, both derived from the degenerate Latin form “yarususes”.

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Best take so far:

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Yarooze is the somewhat antique, but clearly preferred.

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I’m partial to “Yarctopodes”, but I admit it’s unusual.

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Done well it could be a mix of indoor skydiving and high speed rollerskating.

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Yes but one day, given enough research and funding, they hope to build a vehicle capable of holding as many people as a small shuttle bus and traveling as fast as a Honda Civic.

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… combining pointlessness with extreme danger?

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Yice?
Yarii?

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I halfway suspect that proponents of the hyperloop once owned this toy when they were kids:

Mego’s Micronaut Rocket Tubes. I got it for Christmas '79, and I just loved the hell out of it for several months. It featured an under-powered, low voltage fan which propelled extra lightweight plastic transport vehicles through a series of drafty plastic tubes held together by wiggly plastic clips.

You could run it in a loop, or extend it out for an exciting one way journey.

Of course people have been using this technology for more than a century.

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And by aircraft they mean dirigibles?

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The biggest thing about the Shinkansen is that it has its own dedicated track, with no vehicle crossings. In the US, the freight train companies own the track, so they get priority over passengers. They run irregular schedules, and you’ve always got the occasional “semi trailer high-centered on tracks”, so running a regular schedule is hard to keep. But the Shinkansen is amazing… you can literally get to the station eight minutes before arrival, buy a ticket, and board on time.

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To be fair, this top speed is likely due to the limited length of the track. I did some back-of-the-envelope math to get the acceleration needed to reach 600mph (268m/s) in 250m, and it’s in the ballpark of 12g.

This thing needs a lot more runway to reach its possible top speed without pancaking the occupants, and I’d be very surprised if they didn’t consider that when building the test track. I assume this was early proof-of-concept and the thing could possibly just work without modification once they extend the tube.

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Even more of what we’d like

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