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Here is a guy who hates traffic!  Elon Musk has founded yet another company to bring about his dream of relieving congestion on surface streets with subterranean  tunnels.

The guy behind SpaceX is now ready to build a subway network for cars…

Musk has tweeted:

“Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…”

So of course the name of his latest company is The Boring Company.  And he has taken delivery of a tunnel boring machine.  It is being deployed to start a tunnel under Los Angeles.

Elon Musk Boring Machine

Elon Musk bought a giant boring machine to create subterranean highways

Elon Musk skate platform for tunnels

The key to the new subway highways will be an autonomous platform called a skate

Check out the video from his new company:

In the video, cars drive on traffic laden surface streets. A Tesla pulls off to a special platform situated within the curbside parking spaces.  The relatively inconspicuous platform is called a “skate” by Musk.  The skate lowers the car underground.  In the bowels of the earth, the car joins a stream of other vehicles being whisked through tunnels on their mobile platform at speeds of up to 124 miles per hour. We soon behold a network of underground channels that look their own highway system.

The car re-emerges onto a surface street. It pulls off its skate and merges back into traffic, allowing another car to take its place and descend into the tunnel system.  The video gives a glimpse of autonomous shuttles ready to make full use of the tunnel network.

So to battle congestion in the future, we will be adding the third dimension to our channels.  Presently we steer in two dimensions.  When you add the possibility of flying cars, you add the third dimension of elevation above earth.  The tunnels add a third dimension below earth.  We always knew science fiction was going to become reality… hopefully without the giant purple aliens waving arms like tongs!

Of course we avail ourselves of tunnels now, but nothing remotely this cool.  Do you think we’ll be flying our cars first, or burrowing?  Musk has joked that a snail can currently travel 14 times faster than a tunnel boring machine and a preliminary goal will be to catch up to the gastropod.

“Victory will be beating the snail,” Musk said.

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