Elon Musk's Boring Company Decides to Modernize Public Transit
It's that first video which is more important, because the concept of digging underground tunnels to transport everyone's cars (preferably from Tesla, Musk's other company) around the city was a key mission of the Boring Company when it first started. Months later and several preliminary tunnels bored, Musk appears to be changing course.
As of now, the Boring Company will be prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists over car drivers, according to a statement made by Musk.
Will still transport cars, but only after all personalized mass transit needs are met. It's a matter of courtesy & fairness. If someone can't afford a car, they should go first.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018
This is a big departure from the Boring Company's previous goals of building tunnels and hyperloops to ease traffic jams. And Musk even shared an updated version of that original video (the one with Teslas in tunnels, not the flamethrower one) which replaced the original Teslas with a high-tech tram designed to hold pedestrians. Once the tunnels are done, they'll be designed more for these mass transit underground buses than for drivers.
See it below, with a more high quality version coming soon:
Better video coming soon, but it would look a bit like this: pic.twitter.com/C0iJPi8b4U— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018
Musk goes on to explain how it would all work, in theory: instead of sparse, giant subway stations at certain spots in the city, there would be thousands of entrances which are no larger than a parking space. These could take you much closer to your destination and would "blend seamlessly into the fabric of the city" instead of jutting out like a subway or tram station would.
If this still sounds a lot like a subway, Musk addressed that by saying it's specifically a 150 mile-per-hour (240 kilometers per hour) electric and autonomous subway car that can also serve as an elevator to the surface. Which would be a lot more convenient, if it actually pans out.
Part of the reason this change in direction was so easy to make is because the Boring Company is still mostly conceptual. Beyond a couple mile-long stretches of tunnel near Los Angeles and Baltimore which don't lead anywhere and were just test diggings, the only thing the Boring Company has actually completed so far is its branded flamethrower.
Granted, it is a very nice flamethrower.