Traffic. The word alone sends chills down the spine of anyone with a daily commute. It’s the last thing you want to deal with when you’re in a hurry, and seems to only be getting worse. Drivers in the U.S. waste billions of hours stuck in traffic every year.
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Thankfully, Elon Musk has finally decided to do something about it. Best known for Tesla electric cars and his most recent SpaceX mission to Mars, Musk founded The Boring Company to oversee the ambitious tunneling project. With emphasis on the verb as opposed to the adjective, Boring had two options: Create flying cars (and with Tesla’s exceptional work in that field it’s actually not as crazy as it sounds), or go below to surface.
The idea is to present an alternative to urban transportation by filtering vehicles underground and ferrying them along electric tracks. He hopes to not only reduce congestion, but also speed up travel times to an amazing 150 mph, which is much better than the typical turtle crawl of bumper-to-bumper traffic.
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By February of 2017, the company had begun production on the tunnel, and within a matter of months they had already made impressive progress. Last October, Musk posted a photo, seen above, showing the tunnel at 500 feet, with a projected two miles by this year. He later said that by 2019 it could be up to 17 miles long. If this goes well, it should expand to other cities and, hopefully, other countries and continents, as well.
The beauty of this concept is that transportation will be safer, quicker, and more accessible. With less room for human error, and the potential for multiple payloads, the system will also eliminate hazardous emissions. Check out the video below to see how will work.