- Created: 03.20.2017
Amazon is considering delivering goods via a network of subterranean tunnels.
The Seattle-based company filed a 33-page patent for a system of conveyor belts and vacuum tubes that move parcels and containers underground achieving increased efficiency, more reliable deliveries and less traffic on the roads as less delivery vehicles would be needed.
“A dedicated network delivery system may avoid congestion experienced by traditional networks and enable the delivery of objects from an origin to a destination using… subterranean or above ground elements,” the patent states.
Tesla’s Elon Musk also claimed in a tweet that he is going to build a tunnel boring machine “and just start digging” because traffic is driving him “nuts.”
Tesla and SpaceX CEO have suggested they could alleviate traffic congestion with tunnels since January 2016.
“It’s a really simple and obvious idea and I wish more people would do it: build more tunnels,” Musk said.