The city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has accepted a proposal from Elon Musk’s Boring Company to build a transportation tunnel that will take people from downtown to the beach, according to Mayor Dean J. Trantalis in a tweet late. Tuesday. And if Musk’s previous tunnel efforts are any guide, Fort Lauderdale residents must be prepared to be severely subdued.
“Other companies have 45 days to submit competitive bids. This could be a really innovative way to reduce traffic congestion, ”Mayor Trantalis said in an optimistic, seemingly ignorant tweet about Musk’s track.
Musk has just completed a commercial tunneling project and let’s just say it’s not close to the billionaire’s original promises for what he calls high-speed “Loop “technology.
Originally, Musk proposed a system that used fully autonomous vehicles that could accommodate 16 passengers. The vehicles were supposed to run at 150 miles per hour. Everything looked so bright and new and exciting.
But when Musk held a media event to showcase his experimental tunnel in Los Angeles in late 2018, reporters were disappointed. The project was nothing like it slick animations we’ve all seen it during the development stage and some have even compared the experience as well riding on a dirt road.
How is Musk’s transportation project in Las Vegas faring, as the lone tunneling project he’s gotten off the ground? Sadly, it’s nothing close to autonomous vehicles running at 150 miles per hour. The Vegas loop system is comprised of plain electric cars being driven by humans at 30-40 miles per hour. It seems that Musk invented the man who is slowly driving through a tunnel.
What about all the other Musk projects in cities like Chicago? Those were quietly scrutinized by the Boring Company’s website, despite the large splashy press conferences featuring Musk himself.
“It will take more time to get through security at O’Hare than to get to O’Hare,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at a news conference with Musk in June 2018.
Needless to say, it never happened to the Windy City.
Can Fort Lauderdale be a different story? It all depends on whether Musk is ready to test the three things that made his first proposal for the concept of cycling so valuable: 1) autonomous driving, 2) high speeds at about 150 miles per hour, and 3) vehicles. at high capacity.
Without these benefits, it’s unclear what the appeal might be for any city in the world to build one of Musk’s tunnels, let alone the appeal for a city in what insurance companies call a Special Flood Danger Zone. Just ask Houston what its tunnels in the city center appear later a bad storm. It’s not good.