The Michigan Hyperloop pod is built around principles stemming directly from basic physics. By passing a permanent magnet over an aluminum plate forces are generated that we can harness in order to levitate our vehicle for low levels of drag, and brake without making any physical contact. These technologies combine to allow the vehicle to travel safely at immense speeds and decelerate reliably.
The vehicle will use standard and nonstandard methods for monitoring its telemetry such as inertial measurement units (there’s one in every smartphone!) and infrared sensors that detect the presence of reflective tape on the interior of the Hyperloop test track.
The core structure of the vehicle and the outer aerodynamic shell have been designed using an almost entirely fiberglass structure. The use of these amazing composite materials keep the mass of the vehicle as low as possible without sacrificing safety.