Welcome to Elon Musk’s latest “Public Utilities But If I Owned Them” venture: Claustrophobic nightmare highways! Or at least, that’s what the Boring Company’s recently-tweeted video shows:
Green lights to Malibu pic.twitter.com/wsBcE2FwTe
— The Boring Company (@boringcompany) June 14, 2018
The clip comes on the tails of this morning’s announcement that the Boring Company scored a contract to build a tunnel connecting downtown Chicago to O’Hare airport, though it’s not clear if the video in the tweet is connected to the news (there’s no talk of linking Chicago to Malibu quite yet).
Indeed, the tweet prompted a fair amount of confusion. This video shows “The Loop” version of the technology, as described on the company’s website, where “electric skates will carry between 8 and 16 passengers (mass transit), or a single passenger vehicle.”
However, it doesn’t really look like the skate in the original demo video below:
An electric skate, according to the Boring Company’s FAQ, is supposed to be “a platform on wheels propelled by multiple electric motors.” In the newest video, though, we can’t see anything resembling a platform. Instead, the car seems to be directly in contact with the tunnel. There are probably some horizontal, car-wash-like wheels keeping it in line. Hopefully drivers won’t be expected to whoosh through those narrow tunnels in control of their own steering wheels and accelerators.
Does this video mean the design for cars has been altered? Or this is simply a new way of testing the track? And what is supposed to happen to pedestrians who were initially supposed to “prioritized” over cars?
Yes, this video raises more questions than it answers. But that’s probably the point. In time, we’ll probably find out whether, in this version of Musk’s reality, Boring tunnels are now just for Boring cars, too.