A few months ago, Elon Musk announced over a series of tweets that he was sick of L.A. traffic. His idea to fix the problem, build underground tunnels for electric vehicles to travel on. Over the last few days, the world has seen that Musk was serious about his plan, and has begun digging tunnels around and outside of L.A.
Musk’s newest startup, The Boring Company, released its view of the future for transportation last week in a computer animation (below) and it is nothing short of amazing. The system is based on a series of tunnels with elevators that can bring a car down and up from everyday streets to the system of tunnels. Once a car is in the tunnels, it can travel at up to speeds of 124 MPH on the same elevator platform that is connected to all of the tunnel and all of the other vehicles in the tunnel to avoid accidents and to make traveling as efficient as possible. The process can be compared to a data packet being sent across the internet, fast, efficient, and connected to almost everything to minimize error.
The computer model showed off Tesla’s Model S, X, and a clear mini bus type of vehicle using the series of tunnels and elevators. Many suspect the mini bus was a hint as to what Tesla is planning, as Musk has stated that he and the team are working on several new cars such as the Model 3, a convertible Roadster, a mini bus, pickup, and a semi-truck. Don’t get too excited, however, as Musk says he is only spending 2-3% of his time on the project, and is only drilling on his Space X campus.
The idea is very futuristic. If the business does continue, it could revolutionize transportation. It is DEFINETLY not going to happen overnight, but over a long period of time it could grow into a reasonable way to get around in large metropolis areas. This also shows Musk’s ability to share ideas with everyday people, to be taken seriously, and show that he is trying to help people solve problems they are facing every day. Nonetheless, with Model 3 production to start this summer, a pickup and semi-truck to announce, and a major expansion of the Supercharger Network, Tesla is poised to be the breakout company of 2017.