Tesla Parking Lot Is Poster Child For Congestion

The parking lot at Tesla headquarters in Silicon Valley has space for 4,500 cars. There are 6,000 people who work there. Even a fifth grader can tell you that 6,000 doesn’t go into 4,500, arithmetically speaking. Elon Musk likes to talk about solving urban congestion. He wants to bore tunnels 30 levels deep to easy traffic around LA. He envisions 10 passenger shuttle buses based on the Model X chassis moving people through cities efficiently. He imagines self driving cars that will drop people off at work in the morning, then go find a place in the shade somewhere until it is time to come pick them up and take them home again.

Tesla parking congestion

If he wants proof of how urgent the problem is, all he needs to do it look out the windows of the executive suite at Tesla headquarters. Drone video recently captured the chaos that goes along with finding a parking spot for those who work there. Elon says it is one of the biggest nightmares he faces every day. Tesla encourages people to take public transportation or ride bicycles. It provides valet parking. But as the video shows. none of those options have done much to curb the insanity going on outside.

One idea might be to build a parking garage on the premises and cover its roof with solar panels to help provide electricity for the headquarters. Knowing Musk, he could get it built in a month or less and disrupt the parking lot industry while he is at it.

Similar problems afflict the parking lot at the Tesla factory in Fremont, where Musk plans to install a remote parking facility accessed by an electric tram system complete with a loop the loop. Nothing could ease the strain of working a 12 hour day like a roller coaster ride once your shift is over!

For someone who thinks not only in global but also in interplanetary terms, it is curious that Musk has not yet devised a way to defeat the age old conundrum of snarled traffic caused by too many people trying to occupy the same space at the same time. Maybe he can bore some tunnels under the parking lot to get the traffic outside his door flowing more smoothly.

Source: San Jose Business Journal

Steve Hanley

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