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Elon Musk Traffic Tunnel Idea One of His More Boring Pursuits

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By    |   Monday, 19 Dec 2016 11:45 AM

Elon Musk's new traffic tunnel idea appears to have been born while he was stuck in traffic, like most Californians.

Musk, chief executive officer of such innovative companies as Tesla and SpaceX, appeared to be frustrated when he tweeted about traffic over the weekend.

Just in case anyone thought the billionaire inventor, was just blowing off steam, he added another tweet.

"Here's the thing about these tweets – they sound like a pretty juvenile response to encountering traffic; you’re average imaginative teenager has probably come up with two scenarios for getting around it: A) flying cars, and B) tunneling under," said TechCrunch's Darrell Etherington.

"But Musk's reputation means he might actually have put some genuine thought into this from a feasibility perspective, and at least conceived of some kind of rough roadmap. … For what it's worth, I think he's being genuine – and that means one more huge mountain to climb – or in this case, dig under – for tech's most ambitious impresario," Etherington added.

Tunneling under traffic, though, may seem like small potatoes for a man who is trying put humans on Mars and creating a hyperloop that would get people from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes.

In September, Musk unveiled Spacex's Interplanetary Transport System that is designed to carry at least 100 people to Mars per flight in hopes to establish a sustainable colony there over the next 50 to 100 years, noted Space.com.

According to its website, SpaceX is sponsoring a competition among private companies and universities to develop the hyperloop, which will eventually transport people in a semi-vacuum tube at about 700 miles per hour, per the Daily Mail, which is scheduled for Jan. 27-29 in Hawthorne, California.

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