Elon Musk has an concept for autonomous transit automobiles however he’s being coy about it
Elon Musk has a plan to unravel the visitors disaster in our cities. A obscure, secret plan. He might not truly have a plan. However he did say one thing out loud in public about it, and he doesn’t often do this until he has at the least sort of a plan.
Bloomberg studies that, talking at a transport convention in Norway, Musk’s fecund creativeness briefly overflowed. “We’ve got an concept for one thing which isn’t precisely a bus however would clear up the density drawback for internal metropolis conditions,” he stated. “I don’t need to speak an excessive amount of about it. I’ve to watch out what I say.”
He additionally stated that “there’s a brand new sort of automotive or car that may be nice for that and that’ll truly take individuals to their last vacation spot and never simply the bus cease,” including that “autonomous automobiles are key.”
I might speculate about what it’s, however — truly, why not?
A “new sort of automotive or car” that “just isn’t precisely a bus” however would drop you off the place you’re going. So it makes use of metropolis streets, isn’t fairly a automotive, and advantages particularly from autonomy.
To me, that seems like an eight-10 passenger EV that routinely picks up and drops off a number of customers on shared routes. This may be one thing concerning the website of a airport parking shuttle, with room to face and stash your suitcase or luggage of groceries. For longer rides they might even hook up for aerodynamism and (why not?) permit individuals to modify automobiles — a real street practice. Smaller automobiles that hook up with others into slightly autonomous vehicular centipede may additionally be a risk.
In fact, nobody actually likes shuttles, as a result of they make so many rattling stops. But when the route and passengers have been rigorously calculated in accordance with citywide effectivity methods, it wouldn’t be so dangerous. Anyway, that’s my guess.
The one one that actually is aware of is Musk and whoever he’s spilled the beans to. One of the best factor to do now’s to alternately badger and butter up this genius billionaire till he publishes an enormous paper on it. Labored for the Hyperloop!
“I want I had not talked about it,” he stated on the time, in an interview with Businessweek. “I nonetheless need to run SpaceX and Tesla, and it’s fucking onerous.”
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