Elon Musk, co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), made a quick presentation on Thursday at a government sponsored transportation conference in Norway. The presentation, titled “How to reduce global warming through renewable energy production and consumption”, shared his ideas about self-driving buses that could solve traffic problems in densely populated cities.
Musk said on the conference that autonomous vehicles are key to solve the density problem for inner city situations. "I very much agree with solving the high-density urban transport problem," he 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 stops."
Tesla is always in the leading position of self-driving technology, introducing the Model X last year with the semi-autonomous Autopilot feature. In last month, Musk released the unfinished Model 3 as Tesla's first stab at a fully autonomous car. While it`s uncertain whether the Model 3 will serve as the basis for self-driving buses, Musk has confirmed on the conference that the company has already received nearly 400,000 orders for its Model 3 sedan and the interest in the model had “surprised even us”.
To solve the traffic congestion problems, Musk came up with the idea for the Hyperloop, the so-called "fifth mode of transportation", dropping hints about top secret projects in public once again. Musk also answered the question about the transportation form of the type of vehicle:
“We have an idea for something which is not exactly a bus, but would solve the density problem in intercity situations. I think we need to rethink the whole concept of public transport and create something that people are actually gonna like a lot more. I don’t want to talk too much about it.”