The Boring Company is Already Working On Passenger Shuttles
Are you ready to travel underground at high speed?by Robert Moore, on
At this point, we all know that Elon Musk is going to take over the world, right? Okay, maybe not really, but he is all about new, innovative ideas. His latest idea involves tunneling his way through the world to create a fast way for people to get from point A to point B. So far, we’ve covered The Boring Company from Musk’s initial plan to tunnel all the way up to the new staging area for his new tunnel digger that was showed off just a few weeks ago. Initially, the idea was to fill these tunnels with sleds that would propel cars at high speeds. Well, it looks like he’s been busy coming up with other ways to use the tunnel, as The Boring Company has finally released a set of images that depict a passenger transport car.
The pictures went up on the company’s website without any additional information about the pods, but as you can see, they are pretty basic. They’ll likely ride atop the same sleds that cars will, and will likely have room for 10 to 12 people to ride at a time. Ideally, these passenger transport cars, or pods, will live mostly below ground where they zoom from one point to another, but they will occasionally come above ground for loading and unloading at designated stops. Like the car sleds, they should be able to travel safely at speeds of up to 125 mph, and according to Musk, will be able to travel from LAX to Westwood in no more than six minutes.
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There’s Big Potential Here
Musk has plans to roll out this tunnel system across the U.S., but the first major tunnel completed will be in the Los Angeles area and will likely stop at LAX, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Westwood, and Culver City. This tunnel should be about 40 miles in length total and will drastically cut down on travel time for residents and visitors alike. It should also be noted that these shuttles have four wheels, so it’s quite possible they could travel above ground as well, with multiple pickup points in a certain area before returning to the tunnel entrance and embarking on its high-speed journey. The video above shows how the tunneling systems will work, but you can also spot the shuttle pods in the video as well, most notably at 0:45 seconds in.
What do you think about Elon’s tunnel system? Will it ever actually reach a stage of completion where it’ll actually be useful? Would you trust it to transport you at more than 100 mph? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.