Elon Musk’s ardour for tunnels is surprisingly infectious, with the tech entrepreneur revealing that he’s not too long ago had “promising conversations” with the mayor of Los Angeles to deliver The Boring Firm’s underground visitors resolution to town. 

In a tweet, Musk stated that his deliberate community of tunnels would be capable to “carry automobiles, bikes and pedestrians” in an try to scale back overground congestion. He did, nonetheless, add that in the intervening time securing the permits required to construct such an in depth underground community can be tougher than growing the know-how.

To again up his assertion that Eric Garcetti is within the thought, Musk linked a latest interview the mayor had on ABC the place he talked about Musk’s tunneling know-how as a way of making a fast and direct line to town’s airport. 

Plans are up within the air

Judging from the interview clip it appears Garcetti is extra considering alongside the strains of an categorical practice reasonably than an in depth tunnel community for bikes and pedestrians nevertheless it’s a sign talks are certainly occurring. What stage they’re at we are able to’t be certain of. 

Although Los Angeles’ mayor is exhibiting curiosity, not everybody thinks that Musk’s underground visitors resolution is an effective one. 

In response to DriveSpark, In a latest sustainable mobility convention this week in Montreal, Uber Elevate Director of Engineering Mark Moore talked up airborne transportation as the easiest way to scale back congestion whereas difficult the cost-effectiveness of Musk’s tunneling plans. 

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Elon Musk hasn’t hidden his emotions about flying automobiles – on The Boring Firm’s FAQ web page it says: “Not like flying automobiles, tunnels are weatherproof, out of sight and will not fall in your head.”

This can be a fairly damning indictment of the flying automobile resolution Uber feels so strongly about, so it’s not shocking that Moore slammed Musk’s tunneling plans for not being “economically possible”.

Uber plans to start out testing its VTOL mobility system in Dallas in 2020, with plans for a business launch of the service in 2023 which is a extra stable timeline than The Boring Firm at the moment has. 

Contemplating the difficulty drones already face when it comes to use restrictions, Uber might discover securing permits for flying automobiles will not be any simpler than The Boring Firm getting the greenlight for digging networks of underground tunnels. 

No matter occurs, it is nice to see two massive tech corporations tackling the issue of closely congested cities, even when their plans are reasonably bold.