【Elon Musk的新目标:颠覆地铁,动画演示未来公交】

【Elon Musk的新目标:颠覆地铁,动画演示未来公交】近日,Elon Musk宣布调整Boring公司的业务方向,其城市环路系统项目不再专注于私人汽车,而是更好地满足大众的出行需求。该计划将构建一套全新的高速自动驾驶地下公交系统,以解决城市拥堵问题,马斯克表示它和现有地铁有很大区别。其发布的新动画演示了系统行驶过程,视频中载有数名乘客的小型车厢沉入隧道,能直接将乘客带到目的地附近,时速可达200多公里。

Elon Musk revamps Boring Company plans to prioritize MASS TRANSIT: New animation shows how electric buses could slash traffic by transporting riders underground at 125mph

  • Elon Musk tweeted new details on his Hyperloop and Boring Company plans
  • Instead of focusing on personal cars, he says it will begin by serving the masses
  • He said the system will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists from the start
  • Once mass transit needs have been met, he says it will then transport cars

Elon Musk’s ambitious plan to slash commuting times with tunnel systems beneath major cities has just had a major makeover.

The Boring Company boss tweeted details this evening on an ‘adjusted’ plan for the urban loop system, revealing a new focus on mass transit.

While Musk previously outlined a system that would ferry individual cars at high-speeds on electric ‘sleds,’ a new animation visualizing the project shows multi-passenger carriages that prioritize pedestrians and cyclists.

In some ways, Musk’s new vision is much like the original plan.

But, instead of beginning with personal cars, it will first roll out to the masses.

The electric buses would descend to the tunnels in an elevator shaft, before setting off on a track where they can hit speeds of up to 125 miles per hour (200km/h).

‘Adjusting The Boring Company plan: all tunnels & Hyperloop will prioritize pedestrians & cyclists over cars,’ Musk tweeted Friday evening.

‘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.’

Musk also offered additional insight on how the transport system will fit into urban life.

And, while the idea might at first sound like another subway, the CEO says there will be some major distinctions.

‘Boring Co urban loop 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 being a small number of big stations like a subway,’ Musk explained.

In a video shared alongside the new details, futuristic passenger cars can be seen picking up riders from the street level, before descending on a high-speed trip to LAX.

The latest details come just days after the billionaire shared a chuckle-worthy post on Instagram from inside a hole dug by his boring machine.

Musk, pictured alongside the massive machinery, can be seen resting his hand upon the metal grating, with the caption, ‘Sometimes when we touch, the honesty’s too much.’

The Boring Company boss shared a glimpse at the company’s progress on social media over the weekend, referencing Dan Hill’s 1977 ballad in the hilariously intimate post.

Along with the lyrics, Musk also wrote, ‘Deep in the hole with my boring machine.’

Despite the ambitious nature of the plan, Elon Musk's Boring Company has made major strides toward the development of traffic-beating tunnel systems in the US in recent months.

The firm was recently granted a permit by Washington DC's Department of Transportation that will allow digging to begin within a designated area in the district.

While the permit is so far considered to be ‘early and vague,’ the firm says the site could one day be used as a station in the larger network, according to the Washington Post. 

The permit comes just months after Elon Musk claimed he had received ‘verbal government approval’ to build a Hyperloop connecting New York to Washington, with stops in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

And, last month, DC Mayor Muriel E Bowser visited the tunneling firm in California to get a first-hand look at what the Boring Company is all about.

With permission from the DC government, the Boring Company can now do work within an abandoned parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE, near the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to The Post.

Musk has also received support from the White House Office of American Innovation, which is headed by White House aide and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the Post notes.

The firm already had backing from the state of Maryland, after it was revealed this past October that the administration had granted Elon Musk permission to begin tunneling beneath Baltimore.

At the time, Maryland governor Larry Hogan revealed on Twitter that the administration supports the construction of a line that would connect Baltimore City to D.C, and said he thinks the Hyperloop is ‘coming to Maryland.’

The state has issued a conditional utility permit for the project, allowing the firm to dig a 10.3 mile tunnel under part of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, according to LA Times. 

Musk first revealed his plan for a system that could ferry passengers from NY to DC in just 29 minutes back in July, when he tweeted that he’d been given ‘verbal government approval’ for the underground tunnel.

At the time, he said it will run via Philadelphia and Baltimore, and use his Hyperloop technology.

If completed, it would become the world's longest tunnel.

With Maryland's approval, the CEO secured permission for the first section of the system.

There will undoubtedly be many other hurdles before the tunnel comes to life, including environmental reviews and obtaining approval from other administrations.

But, Governor Hogan’s support marks the first step in the process.

‘Our administration is proud to support The Boring Company to bring rapid electric transportation to MD – connecting Baltimore City to DC,’ the Maryland governor tweeted.

And, in a video accompanying a second post, in which he wrote, ‘Get Hyped,’ the governor can be heard responding to a question about the Boring Company’s Hyperloop, saying, ‘I think it’s coming to Maryland, and it’s going to go from Baltimore to Washington, so get ready.’

The governor also shared photos of himself alongside SpaceX and Boring Company execs, at the site where the tunneling is set to begin.

The system, which will begin with two 35-mile tubes between Baltimore and Washington, will be treated like a utility, officials told the LA Times, and will largely run beneath existing state highways.

While it remains unclear what other steps have been taken ahead of the digging, officials say it ‘will be done in an environmentally sound and safe fashion,’ LA Times reports.

If the plan comes to life, Musk's East Coast Hyperloop tunnel would be far longer than the current record holder, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, a railway line that runs through the Swiss Alps and opened in 2016, measuring 35.5 miles.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5484323/Elon-Musk-reveals-revamped-Boring-Company-plan-mass-transit.html


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