A Tesla city bus?

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By itself, vehicle electrification does nothing to alleviate the traffic jams in our cities or the sprawl in our suburbs. But autonomous EVs, working together as part of a coordinated public transit system, could move people around much more smoothly and conveniently.

Naturally, Elon Musk has thought about this – he has called gridlock “a soul-destroying thing.” The Seer of Silicon Valley recently hinted that he is working on a self-driving vehicle that could replace city buses, perhaps complementing the intercity Hyperloop to provide last-mile transport.

“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 transport conference in Norway. “Autonomous vehicles are key.” He declined to provide any details.

“I very much agree with solving the high-density urban transport problem,” Musk said. “There’s a new type of car or vehicle that would be great for that and that’ll actually take people to their final destination and not just the bus stop.”


Source: Bloomberg

  • brian_gilbert

    A variety of driverless punlic transport is a better soloution than a single type. Double decker busses at present carry a very low average number of passengers because their schedules include a lot of off-peak travel. Far better to have the choice of 2 or 4 or 6 person taxi door to door or a bus or a coach.. With all vehicles driverless this could be implemented now because the control system can be based on train control systems.

    • SingleOccupantDriver

      Well said, Brian. Regardless of number of seats, the key development will be the shape of the car. For congestion mitigation, the best shape of car/bus will have single-width, in-line seating. For instance, the 100% electric, tandem-seated Tango from http://www.commutercars.com . Check out how the Tango moves easily through congested highways in California. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hbO922NY20

  • Dudley

    It’s just another way for Tesla to sell more batteries from their GigaFactory.

    • Jim Fox


      • Dudley

        It’s so they can sell more batteries.

        • Jim Fox

          Which is a good or bad thing? Is the gigafactory producing any yet?

          • Dudley

            For Tesla, they have to sell more batteries to make them inexpensive enough to build into cars and power-packs. Right now, the batteries are very expensive because they are still low volume. The high cost drives the cost of their cars into luxury category; that is out-of-reach by the mass market.