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Elon Musk is always telling us all the ways he’s going to improve our lives with tech but Tuesday evening, he finally demonstrated his elusive “loop” technology for the masses and to be honest it was actually pretty cool looking.

Musk explained that his new “Boring Company Loop System” is a new method of mass transportation that will allow cars to lock in and move at speeds of up to 150 mph (about 240 kph) in an underground tunnel to reach their destinations; like a subway you drive with your car. He said that his passion for the project comes from years of living in Los Angeles and dealing with the “soul-destroying” traffic that is like “acid to the soul.”

So Elon doesn’t like traffic. Noted.

How the mechanics work is that modified wheels allow the car to lock into rails which guide it along the tunnel. Musk further explained that there would be another component of the system comprised of “continuously circulating cars” to move pedestrians and cyclists from point A to point B.

The inventor also took some time to answer questions about the new project on Twitter — a favourite pastime of his.

Since the two things L.A. is known for are their movie stars and their earthquakes, Musk also addressed how his tunnel will hold up in the event of the latter. He shared a screenshot from a page on The Boring Company website that explains properly built tunnels are just as safe, if not safer, than roads.

While Musk’s project seems a little too good to be true, a transportation writer for the LA Times who road the loop warns that it’s not the super futuristic ride it appears to be. More specifically, the demonstration didn’t even use the technology Musk was proposing — it was just the unveiling of a tunnel. According to Laura J. Nelson, the ride was simply “a Tesla Model X that reached a top speed of 53 mph, manually driven by an employee who previously drove in the Indianapolis 500.”

And it was a bumpy ride.

“The Model X rolled on two molded concrete shelves along the wall, which were so uneven in places that it felt like riding on a dirt road,” Nelson wrote. Elon attributed the unevenness to a paving issue, assuring the final product would be “smooth as glass.”

If you’re surprised that the BIG REVEAL was just a 1.14-mile tunnel under L.A., it’s important to remember that public transportation is Musk’s second goal with this technology. Up until recently, the tunneling project was all about perfecting the art of tunneling by finding ways to do it faster and more efficiently. Musk’s Boring Company (get it? like boring through something?) is literally dedicated to that cause and has a pet snail named Gary who is their inspiration in working toward that goal. Yes, seriously.

Gary even attended the event Tuesday night, inside his pineapple terrarium and seated atop a golden throne.

Gary the Snail
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

So while this tech is pretty cool (who doesn’t love the idea of skipping the traffic without having to take the subway?) it’s a long way off and even once it’s a reality, it still won’t necessarily be practical for everyone. Musk says he doesn’t want the project to turn into a “walled garden” but using the tunnel system requires having an automated car and specially fitted guide wheels.