We don’t agree with him about everything, but Elon Musk’s assertion that being stuck in traffic is “soul destroying” is about as accurate as it gets. We wish we agreed as strongly with his solution to the traffic problem: using massive sci-fi drilling machines to bore underground networks of multi-layered tunnels beneath major U.S. cities.
Based on a concept video Musk revealed during a TED Talk last week, the hypothetical system would allow drivers to park their car on a platforms that would then be lowered underground. The platform (apparently called a “skate”) would then enter an electric track that shoots it through a tunnel at speeds of up to 130 MPH on the way to a set destination.
The idea of going from Westwood to L.A. in five minutes sounds crazy, but Musk is dead serious and has even created an actual firm called “The Boring Company” to make it happen. Testing is already underway at SpaceX’s headquarters in California.
Might wanna work on that name, though. It’s a little uh, blasé.
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