Elon Musk To Launch Underground Tunnel Digging Company To Reduce City Traffic

The founder of Tesla and SpaceX wants to build underground tunnels for faster transport in cities.

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One name you probably hear a lot is Elon Musk. That’s because the innovator and environmentally-minded businessman is responsible for launching Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and PayPal – among other ventures. His notable endeavors have helped millions of people and are pushing the populace forward in terms of investing in renewable technologies and adopting sustainable change.

Now, the engineer has proposed a new idea which could make commuting to work a lot less stressful for people in the future. Electrek reports that while Musk was sitting in traffic, he conjured an idea to dig tunnels underneath highways in order to reduce traffic and improve commute times.

While some people might daydream about such a prospect, Elon is the type of guy who goes clings to the innovative thoughts that hail him. Of course, the entrepreneur has been mulling over the idea for quite some time. In January 2016, Musk mentioned the idea during SpaceX’s Hyperloop design competition.

“It’s a really simple and obvious idea and I wish more people would do it: build more tunnels. Tunnels are great. It’s just a hole in the ground, it’s not that hard,” said Musk. “But if you have tunnels in cities you would massively alleviate congestion and you could have tunnels at all different levels – you could probably have 30 layers of tunnels and completely fix the congestion problem in high-density cities. So I strongly recommend tunnels.”

On December 17th, Musk mentioned it again in a ‘Tweet’:

Some thought he was joking, but that is reportedly not the case. He followed up with the Tweet:

Musk wants to build a tunnel boring machine (TBM) that is capable of breaking through anything from hard rock to sand. The inventions actually already exist, but one of the main obstacles to Musk’s underground tunnel highway being formed is the fact that construction would have to take place underground and not disturb urban environments. Considering his past achievements, it’s plausible he and a team of brilliant minds will overcome this challenge.

Even if the underground highways aren’t realized on Earth, they might be constructed on Mars as humans begin to colonize the red planet. Underground colonies would ensure citizens are protected from extreme cold, low pressure, and the high radiation of the planet.

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