If the Hyperloop succeeds at sending people and cargo through tubes at up to 760 mph, one company says the capsules zipping along at close to the speed of sound should be smart enough to immediately detect any problems.
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies said Tuesday it will be able to make such detection a reality, thanks to a material known as vibranium.
What's vibranium? If you Google it, you'll find that it's a "precious extraterrestrial metal" that was used to make the shield of Marvel Comics' Captain America.
HTT calls its vibranium a smart material made of sensor-embedded carbon fiber that will wirelessly and instantly transmit critical information about the capsules' temperature, stability and integrity. Built in a dual-layer sandwich formation, the capsules' vibranium shell will be designed to protect passengers if the outer skin is damaged, according to HTT.