Underground road system for LA
US entrepreneur elon musk, renowned for spaceX and tesla, presented his vision for a super system of tunnels under the city of los angeles, california, at a recent TED talk. as a proposal to ease the ever-present and ever-growing issue of congestion in urban areas, the multi-layered tunnel network would enable cars and small bus-like vehicles to bypass traffic jams and quickly reach specific destinations.
all images courtesy of the boring company
releasing a video of the concept on his firm, the not so boring ‘the boring company‘, cars would stop on trolley-like lifts that would then descend below street level to a series of track-driven tunnels. the platform would then propel the vehicle along, almost like a scalextric set, where it would sync with other tunnel users to ensure safe, fast and efficient travel. once the destination is reached, the lift re-surges to street level where the car can drive off to be replaced by another vehicle.
as another concept by the visionary elon musk, the underground network is being developed by his ‘the boring company’, and is unlikely to be realized anytime soon. in spite of this, the vision is said to have ‘no limits‘ in terms of size as it is exploring all avenues to speed up travel and tunnel development.