Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk concluded the final day of the TED Conference in Vancouver with a visionary TED Talk giving a glimpse into his latest futuristic projects.
The most significant takeaway of Musk’s TED Talk will be his new pet project, ‘The Boring Company.’
Musk shared a video of this project’s vision–which you can watch above– showing a car driving onto a skate-like parking frame, which acts as an elevator to an underground tunnel.
Once inside the tunnel, the car cruises at 200 km using the frame that was used to enter the tunnel.
Using the designated path, the car frame helps the driver makes their desired journey–which could be between two pockets of Los Angeles.
“We’re trying to dig a hole under LA, and this is to create the beginning of what will be a 3D network of tunnels to alleviate congestion,” Musk said.
Musk said flying cars aren’t a solution because they have complex challenges.
“There’s a challenge of flying cars in that they’ll be quite noisy. If something’s flying over your head, a whole bunch of flying cars going all over the place, that is not an anxiety-reducing situation,” Musk said.
It was announced recently that Tesla will be building a new supercharger in downtown Vancouver, and Musk said Tesla’s new car is on schedule to be coming out in July.
The Tesla Model 3 will have an autopilot that will enable a person to travel across cities without the need for driving or even touching a control.
“November or December of this year, we should be able to go from a parking lot in California to a parking lot in New York, no controls touched at any point during the entire journey,” Musk said.
Musk said that in the future, almost all the homes will go completely electric and that most homes in the US have enough space for solar panels that can power everything they need.
“Fast forward 15 years from now, it’ll be unusual to have a roof that doesn’t have solar,” Musk said.
According to Musk, if every home across the world decides to go fully solar, they will need 100 factories like his Gigafactory that’s located near Sparks, Nevada.
Musk further shared his vision of an interplanetary transport system, which he hopes to make a reality.
When asked why his companies are focusing on such projects when there are problems here on Earth, Musk said it’s down to the necessity.
“If you don’t have sustainable energy, you have unsustainable energy …The fundamental value of a company like Tesla is the degree to which it accelerates the advent of sustainable energy faster than it would otherwise occur,” Musk said.
Musk said that humans becoming an interplanetary species is inevitable.
“In 1969 we were able to send somebody to the moon. Then we had the space shuttle, which could only take people to low-Earth orbit. Now we can take no one to orbit,” Musk said.
“That’s the trend — it’s down to nothing. We’re mistaken when we think technology automatically improves. It only improves if a lot of people work very hard to make it better.”