Tesla recently announced the Model 3 , electric car more affordable company that promises to be released in Brazil. However, it is not exactly cheap, costing from $ 35,000. If Elon Musk really want to solve transportation problems, it would be designing an electric bus. He made some comments suggesting that a conference is doing something close to that.
In a transport event sponsored by the Norwegian government, Musk revealed – timidly, as always – that Tesla is working on a secret project to improve urban mobility :
We have an idea of something that is not just a coach, but would solve the problem of density intercity situations. I think we need to rethink the whole concept of public transport and create something that people really appreciate more. I do not want to talk much about it.
When the interviewer asked if he was talking about the Hyperloop – transport powered by the sun that would take people up to 1200 km / h – he said no. “There is a new type of car or vehicle that would be great, in my opinion, and actually take people to their final destination and not just to the bus stop,” he said. “Autonomous vehicles are fundamental.”
What Musk is proposing sounds like an autonomous vehicle that would take people to train or bus stations which are too far to get going.
Transportation planners call this ” problem of the first mile / last mile”: that is, transporting people in suburban or less dense areas to train / bus stations without forcing them to drive a car. This is something difficult to solve transit agencies, and some cities are working directly with the Uber and Lyft to transport people there.
Imagine, for example, one that van Tesla would use its automatic pilot function to carry four shared a trip. As the UberPool or LyftLine, it would be possible to route the van efficiently the streets based on the fate of the passengers.
In addition to providing a faster and more direct connection to the first (or last) stage of your trip, this solution would help ease congestion, as would be up to four private vehicles less on the road at the busiest time of the day.
I also like that Musk is addressing the issue “not everyone can have cars.” Electric cars are a better solution than those that burn fossil fuels, so it’s good that Tesla is selling a lot.
But one of the biggest concerns about autonomous electric vehicles is that they encourage more people to buy cars, leading to a traffic jam . If Musk present a Tesla that is designed to be shared, it could have such an impact as the sale of single cars Model S.