UNLV Student Designs Hyperloop Hotel

A graduate student from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, was recently named winner of the Radical Innovation Award for his “Hyperloop Hotel,” a fancy transit system that allows you to travel inside of your hotel room to 13 different cities.

(via Mic)

It’s just an idea, but it’s one that drew its inspiration from some real-life tech. The futuristic hotel concept draws from DevLoop, a track near Las Vegas that’s testing “Hyperloop One,” an energy-efficient tube that aims to shoot vehicles through it at airplane speeds. The startup hopes to have Hyperloop One carrying passengers by 2020, so a hotel based on its system isn’t totally inconceivable for our future.

The brain behind Hyperloop Hotel, Brandan Siebrecht, suggested that guests would pay a flat fee of $1,200 to travel between cities without ever having to exit their room (Siebrecht has not set a price for each night yet). Guests would be comfortable while traveling, but they’d also be able to stop in any of the 13 cities it visits, which includes Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York and Boston.

“Guests would be able to travel to any hotel destination within the network and even visit multiple destinations in a single day,” Siebrecht told Business Insider.

The hotels, of course, would have to be built to accommodate hyperloops and these strange, container-like suites. The price tag would be steep — Siebrecht estimates it would cost about $10 million to build each one. With that said, suites would be “outfitted for luxury,” with an office, bedroom, bathroom and living room inside.

There are no plans to actually build this, but he estimates that advancements in tech will make this wild idea actually feasible in the next five to 10 years.

“I believe the Hyperloop One is the next big innovation in transportation in the United States and possibly the world,” Siebrecht told Business Insider. “I wanted to explore ways in which this technology could transform the overall travel experience and hospitality.”

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Woodbury Finalist for Hyperloop One Global Challenge Competition

(via The Architect’s Newspaper)

A proposal by a group of Woodbury University School of Architecture–affiliated architects has been named among one of the 35 semi-finalists for the Hyperloop One Global Challenge competition aimed at generating pilot projects to deploy the next-generation transportation technology.

According to the Hyperloop One website, competition organizers were seeking to teams that would “put forward a comprehensive commercial, transport, economic, and policy case for their cities, regions, or countries to be considered to host the first hyperloop networks.”

The Woodbury University team’s proposal—generated by a collective made up of Woodbury University adjunct faculty Rene Peralta, architect Alejandro Santander of Estudio Santander in Tijuana, Mexico, and Woodbury alumnus Juan Alatorre—aims to connect the Southern California region via Hyperloop. The team envisions utilizing the technology to cut travel times between Los Angeles and Ensenada, Mexico down to roughly 20 minutes. The trip currently takes about five hours to complete via automobile.

The Woodbury University team will present their work in Washington, D.C. on April 5th as part of the second round of the competition. Teams that make it to the final round will be announced in May of this year. Hyperloop One has received 2,600 competition submissions in the five months since the competition was announced. Teams representing 17 countries are among the other groups vying for the winning proposal, including 11 teams from the United States, five teams from India, and four from the United Kingdom.

Describing the submissions received for the competition, Rob Lloyd, CEO, Hyperloop One said, “The Hyperloop One Global Challenge unleashed ideas from some of the world’s most creative engineers and planners, who care as much as we do about the future of transportation.” Lloyd added that the potential for the technology went beyond fulfilling simple transportation needs, saying, “These are all solutions that can make a real and immediate social and economic impact.”

(via The Architect’s Newspaper)

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