Sooner or later we’re going to have to take Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s wild ideas seriously.
In the automotive world, Musk is most known for running Tesla, an American automaker that has defied expectations to produce some of the most popular electric vehicles in the world. But Musk has several other ventures as well, with SpaceX being his most notable one. With that company, Musk seemingly defied all odds by not only landing a rocket at sea, but relaunching it and having it land successfully again. Some say that at the time Musk proposed the idea of reusing a rocket, it was very ambitious – but SpaceX has made it real.
So at some point, we have to stop doubting Musk, right? Well, now the eccentric CEO has spilled the details on his next venture called The Boring Company and we’re back to being skeptical.
For a while now, Musk has complained about how terrible traffic is in Los Angeles. At first, it seemed like he was joking about the idea of digging a tunnel just to make his commute easier because he was so sick of traffic. But then he posted pictures of a boring machine digging in the SpaceX parking lot and revealed his plans of creating a network with up to 30 levels of tunnels that could accommodate cars and trains. Cars would enter at street level, be transported down to the tunnels via an elevator and slide around on platforms to their destinations. It looks like a giant slot car track, and the whole process would be automated and would require minimal driver intervention.
That sounds like science fiction, but now The Boring Company has shared a video of the vision and what it hopes it can one day successfully execute. Essentially, it would be a network of tunnels underneath Los Angeles that cars could use to avoid traffic on the surface. Like his other ideas, it may seem far-fetched, but if this becomes reality, it could change some lives forever. Sure, re-using a rocket doesn’t exactly impact normal people on a daily basis, but for those that live in Los Angeles, the idea of traveling up to 124 mph (200 km/h) underground without having to pay attention to the road would be a dream come true. Check out the video above.
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