The tweet thread appeared to refer to something Musk said during a community meeting on Thursday in Los Angeles, where he discussed the progress The Boring Company was making in its mission to build a network of transportation tunnels under the city. While the company has chiefly been in the news for its unique efforts to raise money by selling hats and flamethrowers, Elon sought to throw some light on the project's progress yesterday at a rare public appearance in a Boring Company Information Session in Los Angeles.
Musk made a splash on social media and in the tech world early this year after the sale of $3.5 million worth of flamethrowers went viral. That's the big difference between the Boring Company concept and traditional subway systems.
A crowd of about 700 people, followers of Musk, a few seen wearing Tesla Company hats, cheering along to numerous comments made by Musk and the answers given by Musk for various questions asked after his presentation was quite challenging.
The billionaire revealed footage of his Boring Company's exploratory excavation, which will be open to the public and offering free rides within months.
The Boring Co. has already cleared some regulatory hurdles for the tunnel along Sepulveda Boulevard, which would connect with a two-mile test track that's under construction in Hawthorne across from SpaceX headquarters.
Musk described the tunnels as "almost like an autonomous, underground multi-level auto system", which may eventually number in the thousands.
"And if you could have hundreds of tunnels and small stations throughout the fabric of the city without even the city appearing different, you could solve the transport problem", Musk said.
A map shows the proposed route for a 2.7-mile prototype tunnel.
"It's one [solution for LA traffic] we think could work and is worth trying", he said.
Test runs in the loop have hit a couple of hundred miles per hour.
The government of neighboring Culver City has also expressed concern about how Los Angeles' government handled the project.
Once operational, pedestrians and cyclists will be given priority to ride in its pods, for less than the price of a bus ticket, Musk says.