The optical illusion could make some reluctant travelers more comfortable with tube-system commutes

As methods of travel change, one thing remains the same: passengers like to enjoy the view. The super-fast Virgin Hyperloop One, which runs through a tube, can feel claustrophobic and dark. However, the team working on the future of transportation has found a way to simulate a continuous outdoor scene using an old optical illusion.

The Hyperloop One moves at speeds that cause the human eye to blur images together. By creating a zoetrope—a technique that spins pictures fast enough to create the illusion of motion—the passenger will see the outside uninterrupted by the walls of the tube. “Slotted ‘zoetrope’ windows could turn both sides of a hyperloop tube transparent, allowing views outside the pod,” explains Virgin Hyperloop One’s chief technology officer Josh Giegel in a tweet.

While the zoetrope windows, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, may not be enough to mask the unfamiliar territory of Hyperloop travel, this illusion could make reluctant travelers more comfortable with the experience.

Watch the optical illusion below:

Virgin Hyperloop One

As methods of travel change, one thing remains the same: passengers like to enjoy the view. The super-fast Virgin Hyperloop One, which runs through a tube, can feel claustrophobic and dark. However, the team working on the future of transportation has found a way to simulate a continuous outdoor scene using an old optical illusion.

The Hyperloop One moves at speeds that cause the human eye to blur images together. By creating a zoetrope—a technique that spins pictures fast enough to create the illusion of motion—the passenger will see the outside uninterrupted by the walls of the tube. “Slotted ‘zoetrope’ windows could turn both sides of a hyperloop tube transparent, allowing views outside the pod,” explains Virgin Hyperloop One’s chief technology officer Josh Giegel in a tweet.