Elon Musk decided to combat traffic in Los Angeles in one of the most unique ways, building a tunnel, and now, we can see some images of this interesting concept.
Musk showed off the tunnel in a video he posted on Twitter, it showcased him doing a high-speed walkthrough of it. From the video, the tunnel seems to look a lot like a mine shaft, especially with the rails on the floor and all but that's kind of normal since the world isn't a sci-fi film.
The Boring Company tunnel came into existence a month after Musk tweeted about L.A traffic. The digging started in 2017 under the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, but really started to build the dream of better travel times when it got approved to build a two-mile-long route in which people could travel.
The test tunnel is set to open on Dec. 10, 2018, and should start allowing people to test the service the day after.
According to Gizmodo, the service will be able to transport eight to sixteen people at a speed of 155 miles per hour (around 249 kilometers an hour). The way in which this system operates is by using electric skates. This means that the vehicle would be put into a skate like a cage or enclosure, then launched at high speeds.
This idea of his has got some amazing potential. First off, limiting traffic in Los Angeles is going to make a lot of people happier, they won't be stuck in the freeway for as long now since more people will be underground getting their fix of transportation. It's also going to bring a new step towards infrastructure. This could become a normal thing in many cities, like New York where traffic is horrendous.
Like everything that comes into existence, we need to wait and see how this actually plays out. The hard part is over, but the next challenge is already arriving. It's not easy managing a new system and it's going to pose many challenges, one of which being how many cars will be needed to ensure a vast amount of people can use the system. This is pretty important since this is all useless if there's only a handful of skates to move people from one place to another.