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Elon Musk unveils new tunnel transit system

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Elon Musk’s Tesla and Boring Company have developed a new tunnel-based transit system that transports conventional vehicles at speeds of up to 240kmph underneath cities.  

Elon Musk once described beating the problem of traffic as “the ultimate boss battle” and the inventor has taken another swing at the problem, bringing together innovation from both Tesla and The Boring Company.  

Speaking at the launch, Musk said the system was more like a guided “highway” than an underground/subway. 

“It’s much more like an underground highway than it is a subway,” he said. 

The new system, dubbed the “Boring Loop Ssytem” involves mounting pop-out side wheels to a conventional car, that guide the vehicle along tracks mounted in the tunnel. In a tweet, Musk described the wheels as transforming cars into “rail guided trains and back again.” 

Cars enter and exit the system via vertical lifts.  

The technology is similar to the O-Bahn Busway, in South Australia, which uses buses able to use road and a special tracked busway.  However O-Bahn buses are only capable of speeds up to 85kmph, and the system is solely for the specialised buses, not other vehicles. 

The system could also be adapted for autonomous vehicles, Musk said.

The test conducted this week saw cars reach 60kmph, but Musk insisted that this was a prototype test, and that once fully developed, the system could reach 240kmph. 

“At that speed, it will feel like teleporting within a city,” he said. 

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