“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.