The big takeaway from this proof of concept, is that only Electric Vehicles with autonomous hardware/software installed can use this infrastructure. No ICE vehicles allowed!
Why electric vehicles only? Well, you can't allow ICE vehicles pumping out obnoxious fumes inside these tunnels. Also creating ventilation systems would add to the costs.
The cars are lowered into the system by elevators with multiple "stations" across the city. Side wheels shown here are an extra fitting to any electric car, these keep the vehicle going straight. Currently, there are projects planned in multiple cities in the USA.
With the loop system having tunnels criss crossing under cities - Bad weather affecting traffic, accidents caused by human mistakes, soul destroying traffic jams would be a thing of the past.
Many people dismiss this or are cynical towards Elon Musk's efforts. They say - 'tunnels have been done before', 'This is just a gimmick', 'Elon Musk is marketing his Tesla cars here', 'Nothing new here' etc etc.
But one thing all of us have to realize is that every project or announcement made by Elon is part of a larger vision that is beyond our time. A vision that ordinary people like you and me can hardly comprehend. You will have to look beyond your comfort zone to understand the meaning behind these 'gimmicks'. So keep your cynicism to yourself and let the man's vision come to reality!
Imagine if the Boring Company can build a network of underground tunnels in cities with huge populations having soul destroying traffic - like or Bengaluru in India.
Imagine having Electric Buses, Electric Cars, Electric Vans ferrying people and goods at top speeds from one end of a city to another at a fraction of the time and cost it takes currently.
Now you tell me, why would this not make EV's super attractive to businesses and individuals?
Now this is huge. Elon Musk has always said that we need to move to sustainable electric transportation as soon as possible. The Boring Company will ultimately be a huge enabler for people to make this shift to EV's.
Also, the tunnel tech developed at the Boring Company may be used in Mars which has been Elon Musk's another long term goal - making humanity a multi planet species in this life time.
Don't you guys see it ?
The Boring Company
They are not different companies! They are all related - part of a grand vision.
Of course all of this is hypothetical until such tunnelling infrastructure is actually created. There are many challenges for the Boring Company like satisfying regulatory agencies, questions on safety, opposition from OIL and ICE car companies - oh yeah do you think these mega corporations will stay silent?
In 10 years time, if there are a network of tunnels in multiple American cities, which results in more people using EV's and stop going to that petrol pump, then the OIL industry will surely start feeling it. They will do their best to stall this movement.
But the positive thing for the Boring Company would be this.
Even creating a single demonstrable network of tunnels with vehicles zooming at 150 mph would attract municipal agencies from all over the world, who would want to invest and have this in their cities. For example the Municipal Corporations of Delhi or Bengaluru can approach The Boring company for a concept in these two cities.
This is not a joke or an impossible thing - Earlier this year, the chief minister of Maharashtra, visited Virgin Hyperloop One's offices. He was shown a demo of the Hyperloop test track near Los Angeles.
They have committed to build a Hyperloop between Pune and Mumbai. They signed an MOU to construct a test track soon and a full Hyperloop later.
Just imagine a 20-30 minute ride from Pune to Mumbai.
So as you can see, we will have Indian leaders and investors watching The Boring Company with keen interest to see opportunities for India.
Elon Musk is incredible. The guy reinvents industries that have not changed in decades and takes on the establishment in these industries- Head on. Example the ICE car industry, the Rocket ship industry and now the transportation and infrastructure industry.
The guy is a true disruptor and we are honored to see exciting changes taking place mostly due to his vision.
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As always ride safe and go Electric!