Latest in Tomorrow

Image credit:

Elon Musk wants to build a traffic-skipping tunnel utopia

His tunnel-digging venture dropped its first concept video.
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

The Boring Company

Back in December, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk sent a frustrated tweet vowing to alleviate traffic by grabbing a tunnel-boring machine and going to work. While this seemed like the usual What If thought Musk dispatches to the Twitterverse, it seems he's actually going into the tunnel business with his adorably-named new venture, The Boring Company. Today, the futurist released a concept video for what an underground tunnel network might look like in today's car-focused cities.

When a vehicle drives on to a street-level sled platform, it lowers down to a subterranean network of tunnels and automatically slides the locked-in car to a high-speed track before spitting it back out to rise to its chosen destination. Pedestrians and bikers can walk into an enclosed pod and similarly rocket around below the surface. There aren't any details or accompanying statements, but it's certainly a novel concept given that most transportation concepts focus on efficient mass transit, not bypassing traffic-jammed freeways.

Earlier this week, a SpaceX employee posted a photo of The Boring Company's first digging machine. The pic was removed, but Business Insider saved a screenshot for posterity:


Doubling down on his tweet didn't come out of nowhere, though. Musk began digging an experimental "demo tunnel" in the SpaceX parking lot back in February. He doesn't need permits to dig on private company property, but he would need to get them from the city of Los Angeles should he want to dig beyond SpaceX's campus.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Sony's latest true wireless earbuds have more bass and a lower price

Sony's latest true wireless earbuds have more bass and a lower price

View
Nikon is streaming online photography courses for free this month

Nikon is streaming online photography courses for free this month

View
Intel's 10th-gen H-series laptop CPUs reach 5.3GHz

Intel's 10th-gen H-series laptop CPUs reach 5.3GHz

View
NASA successfully deploys the James Webb Telescope's enormous mirror

NASA successfully deploys the James Webb Telescope's enormous mirror

View
Facebook debuts standalone Messenger app on Mac and PC

Facebook debuts standalone Messenger app on Mac and PC

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr