Elon Musk's Boring Company Decides to Modernize Public Transit

Saturday, 10 March 2018 - 2:08PM
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Saturday, 10 March 2018 - 2:08PM
Elon Musk's Boring Company Decides to Modernize Public Transit
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Elon Musk's Boring Company has released two videos so far: one shows a utopian Los Angeles where hundreds of underground tunnels have eliminated the city's horrendous traffic problem, and everyone can peacefully drive their cars using these tunnels. The other video shows folks playing with the company's official flamethrower.

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.




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:




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.

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