Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel Tuesday — the primary take a look at a tube he hopes would be the remedy for “soul-destroying site visitors” throughout the globe.
The tech entrepreneur invited visitors and a gaggle of reporters to take a spin by way of his prototype tunnel that spans a few mile underneath Los Angeles streets on Tuesday afternoon.
Visitors boarded a Tesla Mannequin S and rode by way of the tube to what Musk calls “O’Leary Station,” which is in the course of a residential neighborhood within the metropolis.
The journey was bumpy sufficient to offer one reporter movement illness, a aspect impact that Musk chalked as much as rising pains on his mission to rid the world of site visitors.
“It’ll be clean as glass,” he mentioned of the tunnels he hopes to construct at some point. “That is only a prototype. That’s why it’s a little bit tough across the edges.”
The automotive on Tuesday was additionally solely touring at about 40 mph, however Musk mentioned he hopes the autos will at some point zip at 150 mph.
Musk hopes to construct the tunnels — a system he calls “Loop” — in cities throughout the globe and permit his autonomous electrical vehicles to journey on the monitor inside.
The vehicles would journey at high pace by way of the tunnels, which might solely cease at essential thoroughfares.
“It’s rather more like an underground freeway than it’s a subway,” Musk mentioned. “It’s not such as you’re going by way of an entire sequence of stops. Nope, the principle arteries might be going tremendous quick, and it’s solely if you wish to get off the loop system that you just decelerate.”
Musk added that autos must be outfitted with particular wheels that may come out of a automotive’s aspect and run alongside monitor within the tunnels.
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