On top of his other mundane projects — like trying to get humanity off fossil fuels and colonizing Mars within the next decade — Elon Musk is now working on perhaps his greatest challenge yet: solving Los Angeles commuter traffic. Musk posted a video earlier today on Instagram from his latest venture, The Boring Project, which aims to bypass freeway gridlock through a network of underground tunnels and electric sleds.
Check out the video below for a look at the high-speed test run, but keep in mind Musk warns that the video “may cause motion sickness or seizures.”
This already looks better than 50 percent of the rides at Disneyland.
Not a fan of wasting time, the genesis of Musk’s idea stems from his frustration with sitting in L.A. traffic last year. The real-life Tony Stark splits his time between the Bay Area for Tesla Inc., his electric car company, and Los Angeles for SpaceX, his rocket company.
The idea calls for commuters to hook up their cars to the sleds and zoom through the underground tunnels at up to 125 mph. The Boring Project is working on carving out a test tunnel between Westwood and LAX; Musk said in his Instagram post the trip would take five minutes (currently it’d be a minor miracle if you made the same trip by car in rush hour within 90 minutes).
And as someone who has wasted months of his life parked on the 10 Freeway, I fully support Musk’s newest undertaking.