Elon Musk's vision for how people will travel from place to place in the future will revolutionize public transport if it happens.
For many of you reading this, public transport is probably one of the banes of your everyday life that you can't do anything about. We certainly know that it is for us. If you live in a big town or city you probably need it in order to get to and from work as sitting in your car for hours due to traffic then paying through the roof for parking once you arrive simply isn't an option.
It doesn't matter how hot the buses and trains are, how crowded they get, or how much you vociferously complain about both, nothing ever changes. Well, that hopefully won't be true forever. Visionary engineer and investor, Elon Musk may have come up with a way to change how we all get from place to place, and like many of his ideas, it sounds like something straight out of a science fiction movie.
Musk has dubbed it the urban loop system, and as you can see in the video below courtesy of Mashable, it could be something from the movie Tron. Passengers will be able to hop in a vehicle above ground, then once they are safely inside will descend underground and begin traveling at high speed to their desired destination.
Elon Musk has a plan to change mass transit pic.twitter.com/Qy4dJedh11— Mashable (@mashable) September 4, 2018
The Urban Loop System would differ from a regular subway in many ways. For starters, the vehicles would be much smaller and would service 1000s of stations across whichever cities employed the system. What's more, as is evident from the example video above, the stations would not need to be any bigger than a single parking space.
As always with Musk's ideas, people are split. While many are on Musk's side and believe that his Urban Loop System is the future of public transport, there are understandable fears about safety and cost. The plan is for the vehicles to travel at speeds as high as 125mph. Not only does that sound vaguely terrifying, but if there was an accident then it could be pretty catastrophic.