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Elon Musk says Tesla is working on a secret new vehicle that could replace public transport

Published Apr 22nd, 2016 7:55PM EDT
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While speaking at a transport conference in Norway this week, Elon Musk articulated that Tesla’s plan to revolutionize the transportation industry is much broader and more ambitious than initially assumed. In other words, if you thought Tesla’s master plan to usher in an EV revolution was going to end once the Model 3 hit mass production, think again.

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Far from it, Tesla is just getting started. Not only have we heard reports that Tesla is eyeing a crossover vehicle based on the Model 3, Musk has also suggested that a Tesla pickup truck might also be a possibility later on down the line.

And now we have word (via Bloomberg) that Tesla, believe it or not, is working on a new self-driving vehicle of some sort that may one day serve as a replacement for traditional forms of public transportation.

In classic Musk fashion, the Tesla CEO teased the idea without divulging anything concrete.

“I very much agree with solving the high-density urban transport problem,” Musk explained. “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 stop.”

“We have an idea for something which is not exactly a bus but would solve the density problem for inner city situations,” Musk further added. “Autonomous vehicles are key. I don’t want to talk too much about it. I have to be careful what I say.”

Intriguing, to say the least.

Of course, Musk’s confidence in a future where autonomous vehicles are commonplace is nothing new. Late last year, Musk went so far as to say that not having a self-driving car in 15 years will be akin to owning a horse.

“Well, I’m actually on record saying that I think that all cars will go fully autonomous in the long-term,” Musk said not too long ago. “I think it will be quite unusual to see cars that don’t have full autonomy, let’s say, in 15-20 years. And for Tesla, it will be a lot sooner than that.”

Thus far, Tesla has already changed the game with the introduction of its Autopilot software. And as impressive as it is today, it’s only going to become more reliable and more advanced in the not-too-distant future.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.