An idea emerged back in the 20th century about a brand new mode of transport involving a magnetic pad to reduce friction. In 2012, when California was all about the California High-Speed Rail project, Elon Musk suggested Hyperloop. For several years now, the world’s best engineers have been working toward a technological breakthrough. The future is a tantalizing secret and we’re constantly trying to predict and infer what will happen. Hyperloop One just disclosed their own vision of the passenger app interface, and you can easily compare the work they did with what we imagined to be the perfect Hyperloop app: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/hyperloop-one-and-here-built-a-hyperloop-passenger-app/
Everything changes at lightning speed, and we can’t always keep up with the latest news. In the meantime, innovations encourage us to think up creative solutions that have everyday applications using smartphones, tablets, MacBooks, etc. Our company has a lab for generating experimental interfaces where we’re always asking what kinds of challenges we’ll get to see in a year or two, like:
- An AR app for studying anatomy which shows you someone’s internal organs when you direct the camera view at them.
- The messenger of the future which will boast additional functions like micro crowdfunding, dating options, and a bunch of other cool stuff.
- A news service which uses AI to predict newsworthy events a spine-tingling 15 minutes before they actually occur.
In this article, we want to talk about creating an app for Hyperloop. After all, they call it the 5th transport mode, with its own infrastructure. So its interface will be totally unique, with its own functionality and usability.
Obviously, what interests us most is which cities are included in Hyperloop’s network, and how long travel will take.
A map of the US emphasizing key cities on Hyperloop’s map and indications of travel time (in minutes, based on speeds of 1080 km/hr). The user selects two cities on different coasts. The interface shows which segments make up the route and calculates general travel time (taking into account stops along the way). We see the route screen, which presents the points of departure and arrival, travel time, cost, and a “Choose Seats” button.
If the trip takes 12 minutes, what kind of service can you offer to your passenger? A meal? Unlikely. Movies or music? We hope there’ll be wifi on board, which is more than enough to meet that demand. What about the possibility of chatting with a new friend? Link to your Facebook profile and the app will analyze your interests and select a spot beside compatible traveling companions.
Let Your Hobbies Choose Your Seat
Sync up your Facebook account and the app filters available seats next to people who share your interests, whether they be web design, subway construction, or volunteer work in Africa. The user can select one or several interests. The app will show your neighbor’s photo and a brief bio, something like: “Okay, we’ll seat you next to Amy Richards, she’s an IT security specialist and has been involved in charity work in Namibia for the past five years.”
What’s the best thing you can inherit from good old airline companies and railroads? Democracy! Hyperloop will suggest several classes of service and possibly even a free trip to go with your submersion into a diverting virtual reality which features ads.
Selecting the Right Class of Service
Standard: a carriage map with densely packed seats. Here you’ll see the seat cost and the number of pre-selected seats. Swiping left takes you to the Business class map, with fewer, comfier seats and more leg room. Suite: this gets you a full carriage including a conference table and opulent armchairs or sofas. Auto: this includes the option to bring your ride along for the ride.
So, I’m right in the middle of my 40-minute journey from Washington to Seattle. Where am I? How fast am I going? What’s going on around me? The app has to be totally able to answer such questions, especially when you’re stuck in an enclosed space in a vacuum.
Useful Info Along the Journey
During the trip you can check out a map with your designated route and trip trajectory. You’ll also see all the information relevant to you: speed, time en route, expected stops, and even points of interest along your journey.
How can a company make Hyperloop more accessible for ordinary people? By lowering costs at the expense of advertisers, for example. But how to tempt passengers into communicating with the brand? Easy: brand promotion should be available to all the passengers on board.
Lightning Speed Delivery
Every station has a special carriage with compartments. Put together all your shipment info in your Hyperloop app. Approach the carriage and use your phone to open the compartment, then insert your package. The mail carrier will take off on schedule and will soon arrive at its destination. The recipient will get an alert and receipt location beforehand. All that’s left to do is to go to the mail carriage and, using a phone, open up the right compartment. Fast and easy.
Cutting-edge technology expands our horizons and inspires us to think about how we’ll benefit from it throughout the course of an ordinary day. These intriguing concepts have been developed by our company, Cuberto, and we totally get that sooner or later, all of this will become reality. We grow and evolve with the times. It’s not just technology that’s transforming, but also our attitudes to everyday objects. As a product team, it’s our job to establish the most convenient conditions for the use of these technologies.