In April 2017, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Inc., revealed his vision of an intricate underground tunnel system to combat traffic congestion in major cities, whereby reducing the carbon footprint. Helmed by The Boring Company, a tunnelling and infrastructural company founded by Musk in 2016, the plan is to construct extensive networks of interweaving highways beneath metropolises, the idea of which came about because he became fed up with Los Angeles traffic and the limitations of the current two-dimensional transportation network.
What started as a quip on Twitter — “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…” — has soon developed into another of Elon Musk’s seemingly far-fetched, albeit logical, plans for the future. In the past, the visionary has pledged to establish a human colony on Mars (to reduce the risk of human extinction), and he is currently developing implantable computer–brain interfaces as part of Neuralink, his neurotechnology startup company.