Elon Musk’s Futuristic Tunnel System to Avoid Congested Traffic

Elon Musk unveiled a concept video for his latest start up, The Boring Company, showing off a vision for more than underground tunnels. Elon Musk wants to build intricate underground roadway systems beneath the country’s biggest and most sprawling urban centers.

Elon Musk hates traffic. That’s why he’s started digging a tunnel under Los Angeles. Last year, he announced via Twitter his intention to “build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging” as a way to avoid traffic. At the TED conference today, we got a first glimpse at the underground tunnels by his new company.

The video reveals new details showing off sleek-looking ramps carrying cars from gridlocked streets down to underground tunnels. The cars will remain on a car “skate” in the tunnel, which will take it through at up to 220km/h per hour to their destination. Pedestrians and bikers can walk into an enclosed pod and similarly rocket around below the surface.

The intent is to have many layers of these tunnels, like a network of underground highways. “There’s no real limit to how many levels of tunnels you can have,” Musk said. “The deepest mines are much deeper than the tallest buildings are tall.”

This whole concept is, of course, years away from reality. But Musk is indeed working on it. He even has his hands on a 400-foot-long, 1,200-ton boring machine nicknamed “Nannie,” and his recently formed tunneling unit is working on building a test track underneath the parking lot of SpaceX’s Hawthorne, California, headquarters.

“One of the most soul destroying things is traffic, it takes away so much of your life,” wise words by Elon Musk.