(Courtesy of The Boring Company)

Elon Musk Envisions a Future in the Fast Lane: Will His Underground Tunnels Ease Our City Commutes?


Elon Musk is boring.

Though, of course, not in the traditional sense (what's Musk ever done that's traditional?)

Last week at TED, the Tesla and SpaceX founder took the stage for a 40-minute chat with Chris Anderson, TED's head curator, about his visions for building the future. He made one goal abundantly clear: Musk hopes to speed up our city commutes up—considerably.

Keen on defining—or, rather, redefining—mass transportation in the digital age, Musk, who's sick of so much traffic (and hinted at his thoughts via Twitter this past December), has a master plan, as usual: His new and cheekily named project, The Boring Company, hopes to ease the heavy traffic that plagues our urban sprawls by taking it underground in a series of roadside elevators.

The Boring Company's first demo video shows Teslas being lowered into subterranean "hyperloops," placed on platforms guided by a magnetic rail system, and then, by some magical means, launched forward at speeds approaching 124mph toward their desired destinations.

Impossible, right? Not so fast, naysayers.

(Courtesy of Electrek)

Bloomberg reported earlier this year that Tesla Motors was building the first hyperloop prototype under the then codename "boring tunnel." In a run-of-the-mill parking lot off Crenshaw Boulevard and West 120th Street in L.A., this 15-by-50-foot hollowed-out chunk of Hollywood will now serve as the company's testing ground for trial runs moving forward; The Boring Company hopes to one day lattice as many as 30 hyperloops within each major U.S. City.

Check out the company's launch video below!

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