Boss of Tesla and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his Boring Company last year posted a video online that demonstrated cars travelling through tunnels to their destinations at 130 mph that original concept is now undergoing a massive makeover.
A tweet made by Elon on Friday 9 March stated that the tunnels Boring Company digs focus would now be on providing mass transportation and not cars as originally planned, at least at first anyway.
Musk wrote, “It’s a matter of courtesy & fairness. If someone can’t afford a car, they should go first,” meaning new the tunnels will “prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars.”
Better video coming soon, but it would look a bit like this: pic.twitter.com/C0iJPi8b4U
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018
A new video was also posted by the Tesla founder showing a huge, van-sized pod replete with people being lowered down from a station into a tunnel about the same size as a parking space.
The pod fully laden with passengers then accelerates away towards Los Angeles’s International Airport (LAX).
Musk described the pod like this “I guess you could say it’s a 150 mph, underground, autonomous, electric bus that automatically switches between tunnels and lifts.”
Musk in a recent tweet describes the Los Angeles transportation network as an “urban loop system,” which he envisages would have thousands of stations throughout the city. He explained the stations will “take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than a small number of big stations like a subway.”
The billionaire failed to mention any type of construction timeline for the proposed project.
Musk tweeted last July that he had received a “verbal [government]approval”, however it was reported by CNN that his company would still need a multitude of approvals and permits before any construction could start.
Details about the Boring Company are scarce and the few bits of information that have surfaced have always originated from Mr Musk’s social media accounts.
One thing we do know is that the company have purchased a tunnel-boring machine that was used on a piece of land owned by another of Elon’s companies SpaceX.