18 May 2018
Elon Musk’s Boring Company plans to build Hyperloop underground tunnels to ease traffic in cities. The company has been testing tunnel building techniques in Hawthorne, California, near its SpaceX headquarters.
Elon Musk has also pitched his Boring Company to launch tunnelling projects in Los Angeles, Maryland, Washington, DC, New York, and Chicago. However, Musk has also faced criticism from transportation experts.
The company’s first concept video on the personal car, showing Tesla’s zooming in underground tubes onboard electric skates. Musk had stated that the cars would go up to 150 mph. However, experts believe that how any form of transit promoting personal cars could help in reducing congestion on roads. Musk’s comments during a recent conference in December where he mocked mass transit were also criticised.
Adjusting The Boring Company plan: all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018
Now the company has announced that it plans to focus on transporting pedestrians and cyclists first, which would serve as a new way of mass transit, instead of focussing on moving personal vehicles.
Musk stated that his company would “prioritize pedestrians and cyclists over cars,” stressing the need for public transit over private transportation. His tweet including a small concept video of a high-tech shuttle transporting a number of people via its tunnels instead of a single car.
“Will still transport cars, but only after all personalized mass transit needs are met,” he wrote. “It’s a matter of courtesy & fairness. If someone can’t afford a car, they should go first.”