Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday — the first look at a tube he hopes will be the cure for “soul-destroying traffic” across the globe.
The tech entrepreneur invited guests and a group of reporters to take a spin through his prototype tunnel that spans about a mile underneath Los Angeles streets on Tuesday afternoon.
Guests boarded a Tesla Model S and road through the tube to what Musk calls “O’Leary Station,” which is in the middle of a residential neighborhood in the city.
The ride was bumpy enough to give one reporter motion sickness during the ride, a side effect Musk chalked up to growing pains on his mission to rid the world of traffic.
“It’ll be smooth as glass,” he said of the tunnels he hopes to build one day. “This is just a prototype. That’s why it’s a little rough around the edges.”
The car on Tuesday was also only traveling at about 40 mph, but Musk said he hopes the vehicles will one day zip at 150 mph.
Musk hopes to build the tunnels — a system he calls “Loop” — in cities across the globe and allow his autonomous, electric cars to travel on the track inside.
The cars would travel at top speed through the tunnels, which would only stop at main thoroughfares.
“It’s much more like an underground highway than it is a subway,” Musk said. “It’s not like you’re going through a whole series of stops. Nope, the main arteries will be going super fast, and it’s only when you want to get off the loop system that you slow down.”
Musk added that vehicles would have to be outfitted with specialty wheels that would pop out of a car’s side and run along track in the tunnels.
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