Elon Musk recently posted a series of updates on The Boring Company’s plans on Twitter, stating that the tunneling startup would be prioritizing the construction of a dedicated transport system for cyclists and pedestrians. Musk further teased what the billionaire visionary dubs as an Urban Loop System, a network of small, parking space-sized spaces that would allow passengers to travel from one destination to another using an automated electric bus.
The Boring Co. CEO’s statements were posted on Twitter on Friday. According to the serial tech entrepreneur, all the tunnels and Hyperloop that would be constructed by the Boring Company would be prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists over those with their own vehicles. Musk further noted that the Boring Company’s plan adjustment is a matter of “courtesy and fairness.”
“Adjusting The Boring Company plan: all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars. Will still transport cars, but only after all personalized mass transit needs are met. It’s a matter of courtesy & fairness. If someone can’t afford a car, they should go first.”
Apart from adjusting The Boring Co.’s plans, Musk also teased what he calls an Urban Loop System, a system of small stations which the Tesla CEO states will be placed around city centers. According to Musk, thousands of these small, parking space-sized Urban Loop stations would be built in cities, allowing passengers to board and disembark in locations close to their destination.
“Boring Co urban loop system would have 1000’s of small stations the size of a single parking space that take you very close to your destination & blend seamlessly into the fabric of a city, rather than a small number of big stations like a subway.”
Musk also posted a concept video of what the Urban Loop System would be like. Based on the video, passengers would be riding on electric buses that descend and travel through a system of tunnels. Not unlike the concept video of the Boring Company’s tunnels featuring a Tesla Model S traveling on electric skates, the bus carrying the passengers would also travel at high speeds from one destination to another. Musk confirmed this in a reply to a comment on his Urban Loop concept video.
“I guess you could say it’s a 150 mph, underground, autonomous, electric bus that automatically switches between tunnels and lifts. So, yes, a bus,” Musk wrote.
As we noted in a previous report, Elon Musk recently went up close and personal with The Boring Company’s tunnels in an Instagram post, where he posed beside what appears to be his tunnel boring machine’s screw conveyors. Musk incited a lot of positive responses from his Instagram followers, many of whom found humor in the photo’s caption, which includes a line from Dan Hill’s 1970’s classic soft rock song, “Sometimes When We Touch.”
Check out Elon Musk’s concept video for The Boring Co.’ Urban Loop System.
Better video coming soon, but it would look a bit like this: pic.twitter.com/C0iJPi8b4U
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 9, 2018