Trans-Oceanic Tubes Could Be The Future Of Travel

Trans-Oceanic Tubes Could Be The Future Of Travel

The Evacuated Tube Transport concept promises "space travel on earth" and two hour travel times between New York and China.

Dylan Schenker
  • 26 march 2012

Ever wanted to go to China, but you were always too scared to fly? If and when a new underwater tunnel concept is realized you may never need to fly there again. The Evacuated Tube Transport (ET3) has the potential to revolutionize how we travel over oceans to other continents. Not only that, but it is likely to be safer, cheaper and more silent than trains or airplanes.

ET3 which advertises itself as “Space Travel on Earth” is a green, environmentally friendly idea where tubes and cars will be built out of sustainable materials and designed according to local and economic conditions. It works as a series of vacuum sealed tubes that propel electrically accelerated capsules between destinations. They speculate that travel between as countries as distant as China and New York could only take two hours. That means more than 4,000 mph when traveling to a destination.

Tubes will exist both above and below ground and will be can be large enough to accommodate a vehicle the size of a bus. Capsules will on average be approximately the size of an automobile and will comfortably fit six people. It is projected that due to how affordable operation will be that it has the potential to be paid entirely by advertising and that the cost to ride will be much lower than current systems.

The patent for ET3 was actually awarded in 1999 to Daryl Oster who has been refining his ideas as far back as the 1980s. In collaboration with transportation engineering PhD Dr. Zhang Yaoping dozens of licenses in five different countries have already been sold and it is likely if enough countries buy them the idea will come to fruition. A dozen licenses have already been sold in China alone.

ET3 has the ability to completely revolutionize travel not only on a transoceanic level but also locally as well. Tubes and capsules can be modified to be used for short-distant transit. It offers a vision of a future where we no longer need to worry about non-renewable energy sources or even different ways to travel. If this idea is ever implemented travel will no longer been seen as a luxury but something open to all people.

Evacuated Tube Transport



Fitness Advocate: Paving The Future of Workouts With Audio

Fitness & Sport
Design & Architecture Today

500 Plastic Chairs Used To Create A Recyclable Pavilion

Design agency CODA built a grandoise art piece from simple lawn furniture

Retail Today

Exchange Your Old Razors For New Ones At This Bartershop

The subscription-based shaving company lets customers trade their unwanted razors for Harry's brand steel at a temporary New York pop-up


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Food Today

A Brewer Has Created The Most Expensive Chips To Snack On

St. Eriks Brewery created crisps made from rare mushrooms to go with its artisan beer, donating all proceeds to charity

Op-Ed Today

Marketing Experts: Millennials And The Power Of Cool

'Good Is The New Cool' Authors Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones share their 7 principles for branding with a social impact

Travel Today

Melbourne Hotel Lets Guests Stay In Their Own Chrome Airstream Trailers

Notel is a luxury rooftop with six guest rooms made from vintage 1970s mobile homes

Infants Today

Battery Powered Cradle Will Rock Itself

NoomiNoomi is a clever device that makes it easier to put babies to sleep

Sustainability Today

Swedish Citizens Get A Tax Break For Repairing Old Goods

A sustainability initiative encourages people to fix, rather than replace, broken objects


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed october 21, 2016

Health Expert: Nutritional Meal Replacements Are A Solution To Corporate Wellness

Ample Foods Founder Connor Young explains why supplements are the next food trend coming to the workplace

PSFK Labs Today

The Keys For Exceptional Performance On And Off The Field

PSFK Labs' new report highlights five important insights for businesses to perform better than the competition

Fitness & Sport Today

How Precision Data Can Make Anyone A Better Performer

The Sports Debrief from PSFK Labs looks at how analytic tools are being developed to optimize human performance across all industries

Home Today

You Can Now Buy Furniture From A Daytime TV Show

Home furnishing online retailer Wayfair is partnering with Lifetime to create a shoppable life improvement television program

Social Media Today

Instagram Tool Prevents People From Harming Themselves

A new anonymous reporting option on the social media platform hopes to provide better emotional support for users

Retail Today

Apple’s New London Store Is Filled With Living Trees And Sunlight

The brand's UK flagship location has been reimagined with a focus on customer experience and community

Syndicated Today

Artificial Intelligence Could Serve As A Judge In The Court Of The Future

A new software program can weigh up legal evidence and more questions of right and wrong to predict the outcome of trials

Brand Development Yesterday

Swipe Left On A Dating World Built To Keep You Single And Disconnected

Hinge's VP of Marketing Karen Fein tells us about the service's daring ditch of the swiping culture that's designed to attract advertising revenue, not meaningful connections

Arts & Culture Yesterday

Marvel Comic Tells The Story Of A Heroic Syrian Mother

Madaya Mom is the true tale of a family trapped inside a town for over a year

Food Yesterday

Brooklyn Cafe Lets Customers Pay By The Hour, Not By The Cup

Glasshour is an establishment that provides free coffee and pastries and charges for the time guests spend there

No search results found.