Agata Stasik, Ph.D. from KU's Department of Management in Networked and Digital Societies, conducted a sociological study on the attitude of Poles towards hyperloop travel, a high-speed vacuum train developed, among others, by Elon Musk
Hyperloop is an innovative technology that allows trains to run at a velocity of 1000 km/h, which is just slightly lower than the speed of sound.
The research of Agata Stasik, Ph.D. on the technology that has the potential to become a breakthrough in travel has shown that almost nine out of ten people have a positive attitude towards it. Among the biggest enthusiasts are people in between 18 and 30 years old and representatives of the managerial staff, i.e. the most frequent travelling group.
- "The impact of the introduction of hyperloop technology as a new type of transport on survey participants would primarily mean a change in the perception of distance between cities. This could encourage people to settle outside the boundaries of big cities and also significantly facilitate the logistics of further trips and also reduce its costs." - said Agata Stasik, Ph.D.
The survey shows that not everyone shares this enthusiasm. The hyperloop design requires the use of window-free wagons in trains. One in two respondents cannot imagine travelling in a closed tube.
Every fourth person has concerns about the computer control of vacuum trains. The creators of the hyperloop technology are currently developing solutions that allow the respondents to feel better, e.g. virtual windows or multimedia panels with access to movies and music.
The research project "Potential for development and implementation of vacuum railway technology in Poland in the social, technical, economic and legal context" is financed by the National Centre for Research and Development. The survey involved 1,500 respondents.