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Tesla Model BUS? Elon Musk has an idea to fix traffic

by Jacob Kleinman | April 21, 2016April 21, 2016 10:30 am PST

Elon Musk already makes electric cars and rocket ships. Now the Tesla CEO may be eyeing public transportation.

“We have an idea for something which is not exactly a bus but would solve the density problem for inner city situations,” Musk said at a transportation conference in Norway (via Bloomberg). “Autonomous vehicles are key.”

He wouldn’t go into a much more detail, adding, “I have to be careful what I say.” However, he also mentioned that this new vehicle wouldn’t follow a set route. Instead, it could take you straight to your destination, though it’s unclear if Musk is describing a car-sized vehicle or one that carries many people at once like a regular bus.

Musk has mused on the issue of city traffic before, even proposing the creation of new tunnels to solve the issue. It’s also theoretically possible that Tesla could turn some of its vehicles into a fleet of self-driving taxis once the autonomous technology is perfected.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...