If you live in a large city or any area where there are lots of commuters on the road, then you are probably familiar with the effects of traffic congestion. What you may not realize is the extent of the effects heavy traffic congestion can have. This gridlock can have a tremendous impact on your personal life, career, your future and your safety. Finding a solution to traffic congestion could mean a vast improvement in the quality of life in your area.
Traffic jams issues:
- Delay. There is additional stress on the trip because delays caused by traffic can cause people to be late for where they are going. These delays are the effects most people feel because they are universal to everyone who has to maneuver through congested roads.
- Inability to estimate travel times. Those who regularly travel congested areas know approximately how long it usually takes to get through a particular area depending on the time of day or the day of the week. These experienced city drivers have to build in time "just in case" the traffic is bad. This takes away from leisure time and time to do other tasks throughout the day. Also, on a day when the traffic is unusually light the built in extra time may be of no use and the person arrives too early.
- Fuel Consumption And Pollution. The stopping and starting in traffic jams burns fuel at a higher rate than the smooth rate of travel on the open highway. This increase in fuel consumption costs commuters additional money for fuel and worst of all, contributes to the amount of emissions released by the vehicles. These emissions create air pollution.
- Rage on the road is a meaningless reaction to traffic, which is often found in congested areas. This can lead to an incident that is dangerous for the offender and those around him on the road. This is basically a tantrum of driver annoyance in traffic.
- Emergency Vehicles. Police cars, ambulances and firefighters also become hostages of traffic jams, and this in turn threatens the life and health of people, who are waiting for the arrival of rescuers.
This problem is very important and its solution will make the lives of people living in big cities much more enjoyable and healthy.
With existing traffic systems, vehicles are forced to follow construction lines and existing infrastructure. Thus, in order to reach your destination, you need to spend much more time going around various obstacles.
An engineer, an inventor, a business magnet, and the founder of several successful companies, a man who in fact is not indifferent to the problems of mankind, Elon Musk, is trying to solve this problem.
His Boring Co., is trying to get around traffic by creating a system of super-safe earthquake-resistant tunnels under cities.
"We should build more tunnels. Put trains in them or cars or whatever, but every large city on Earth is plagued by traffic & it’s getting worse. Multi-level tunnels might solve this, so worth trying."
For those who don't see the difference in the tunnels proposed by the Boring Co. and the subway tunnels, we will explain.
The subway only goes down one or two levels, while the tunnels proposed by the Boring Co. can go down as deep as possible without the risk of collision with the existing infrastructure. Multilevel tunnels can pass under buildings, mountains, rivers, or any other obstacles and directly connect destinations, as airplanes do in the sky. This, in turn, will immediately solve all the problems with traffic jams that exist now. People will be able to quickly, calmly and safely move between different destinations.
Elon Musk's aspirations were well appreciated by representatives of Las Vegas. In March, they chose The Boring Co. for the design, construction and management of dual tunnels capable of transporting passengers in small autonomous vehicles, each of which seats 8 to 16 passengers, from the Convention Center to the Strip.
The Las Vegas Convention Center is a sprawling complex being further enlarged - the 0.8-mile tunnel would facilitate travel within the center and to the city’s famous Strip, where many of its major hotels and casinos are located.
Yesterday, Elon Musk, on his Twitter account, talked about ongoing updates on a project in Las Vegas.
Boring Co is completing its first commercial tunnel in Vegas, going from Convention Center to Strip, then will work on other projects— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 28, 2019
Hopefully fully operational in 2020— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 28, 2019
Elon Musk aspires eventually to build such a system linking Washington and New York along the busy U.S. Northeast corridor; he has also proposed projects for Chicago and Los Angeles.
The Boring Co. last year showed reporters a new test tunnel in California, but Las Vegas is Boring’s first paying customer.
Elon Musk hopes that Boring's moving people technology will help revolutionize urban transport in an even more crowded world. He says the idea came to his mind as he sat in his car with growing frustration, stuck in a traffic jam south of Los Angeles.
He envisions thousands of autonomous electric vehicles eventually moving millions of people underground at speeds up to 155 miles per hour (250 kph) - far higher than the moderate 35 mph speeds planned for the short Las Vegas link.
Featured image: Boring Co.
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Eva Fox joined Tesmanian in 2019 to cover breaking news as an automotive journalist. The main topics that she covers are clean energy and electric vehicles. As a journalist, Eva is specialized in Tesla and topics related to the work and development of the company.