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Elon Musk’s 3D tunnel network to alleviate congestion

02 May 2017

At a recent TED talk, Elon Musk described his theory for a network of underground tunnels that will allow cars to travel at speeds of 124mph, beating traffic.

3D network of tunnels (Credit: The Boring Company)

Musk started off by stating that ‘one of the most soul-destroying things is traffic’ and I’m sure most of us drivers would agree with him! 

So, behind his concept company, ‘The Boring Company’, Musk described an idea that was far from boring; a 3D network of underground tunnels that can be utilised by cars to alleviate traffic.

The challenging part would be integrating the entrance and exit of the tunnel seamlessly into the fabric of the city. The concept visualises a car elevator that easily transports vehicles from the ground-level to below and it would only take up the area of two parking spaces.

Once the vehicle has transported on the elevator, it attaches itself to a skate. The skate has no speed limit and Musk states that it’s designed to be able to operate at 124mph. 

One of the amazing things about this concept, there’s no real limit to how many levels of tunnel you can have. You can go further deep than you can go up. Musk states that “the deepest mines are much deeper than the tallest buildings are tall, so you can alleviate any arbitrary level of urban congestion with a 3D tunnel networks.” 

Video courtesy of The Boring Company

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