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Elon Musk Hates Sitting in Traffic, Planning Tunnels as a Fix
Elon Musk Hates Sitting in Traffic, Planning Tunnels as a Fix
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Elon Musk took to Twitter early this morning to sketch out a new plan to disrupt traffic on American roadways by digging tunnels underground to circumvent congestion.

Specifically, Musk wants to open The Boring Company, which he says will actually happen. In a series of four tweets, Musk didn't reveal exactly how he would do this without causing even more traffic, since that's what happens with construction projects.

There's a chance Musk was just venting his frustration out loud on Twitter this morning. He's one of the only people where it's equally possible he's just making a corny joke or actually scheming an earth-moving infrastructure plan. But now that Musk joined Trump's advisory team, it's worth taking what he says seriously.

And the serial entrepreneur did update his Twitter bio to read, "Tesla, SpaceX, Tunnels (yes, tunnels) & OpenAI."

Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging... -- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016

It shall be called "The Boring Company" -- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016

Boring, it's what we do -- - Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016

I am actually going to do this -- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016

As an advisor to Trump, Musk may have more pull to see this through. Trump said he plans to invest big -- $1 trillion -- to rebuild American infrastructure and reshape American roads, specifically by attracting private investment.

Musk is no stranger to tackling big problems with innovative workarounds, and he certainly knows a lot about transportation.

But Musk is already fairly busy. He's working to one day colonize Mars, hence Space X, his interplanetary transportation company. He's deeply concerned with climate change, which is one of the reasons he makes electric cars with Tesla and solar installations with SolarCity. Artificial intelligence could one day outsmart humanity and lead to the ultimate destruction of all humans, so last year he started a nonprofit called OpenAI to help find solutions to keep AI working for, and not against us.

Before joining Trump's advisory team, the Tesla CEO said Trump "doesn't seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States."

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Michael Ellison:
Posted: 2017-01-08 @ 3:07pm PT
So you don't like sitting in traffic? Well let me tell you where one of your cars a p85d left me stranded in the snow because your traction controls sucks! And the range on your p85d sucks even more! Please don't send a mission to mars because you can't even master this planet in specific Hwy 70 through the vail pass.

Posted: 2017-01-04 @ 8:38am PT
Washington DC's Beltway and interstate 95 could use some much needed attention. 2+ hours to go 17 miles in DC is absolutely ridiculous.

Rich Frank:
Posted: 2017-01-04 @ 7:53am PT
Instead of building tunnels, why not build flying cars?

Posted: 2016-12-21 @ 10:05am PT
As long as he starts each project 75 feet from the road, no further congestion issues. Buttress the cavern and have it re-emerge near the end of off-ramps, and it's smooth sailing.

Tarald Nomeland:
Posted: 2016-12-20 @ 1:38am PT
To build tunnels are more than the boring, but with the right crew onboard, he is on track.

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