- jay leno drove the cybertruck in southern california with tesla ceo elon musk sitting shotgun for his tv show.
- musk noted that before the truck goes into production, it'll have to shrink by 5 percent and visibility will need to be improved.
- the pair then took the cybertruck for its maiden voyage down the boring company tunnel near the spacex headquarters.
the sci-fi-inspired tesla cybertruck got to roll about out in the daylight with car aficionado jay leno behind the wheel. in a segment for jay leno's garage, the former talk-show host went for a spin in the polarizing vehicle with tesla ceo elon musk riding shotgun. watching their jaunt around tesla's design studio and spacex headquarters, viewers learn that tesla will have to shrink the vehicle by about 5 percent. "it's got to fit in a normal garage," musk told leno.
musk also noted that there were a lot of other details that'll have to be addressed before the cybertruck hits production, including improving visibility. still, musk is determined to make sure the vehicle looks as close as possible to what was shown off during the unveiling and that the truck is bulletproof. "when the apocalypse comes, you’ll be glad it's bulletproof. we want to be the leader in apocalypse technology," musk told leno.
leno and musk also took the cybertruck into the boring company's tunnel below los angeles. according to musk, this is the first time that the vehicle has been into the 1.5-mile-long tunnel. there was concern that it might not fit. it did, and leno gingerly drove the steel-wrapped pickup down the subterranean white corridor.
the vision for these tunnels is that a tesla vehicle would enter from the surface world, switch to autopilot, then skip all the traffic on the exterior of planet earth. the system would include elevators to bring vehicles up and down to the tunnel system. what the cybertruck demoed was a test tunnel that required him to drive and a human to run the elevator. the future of this system will likely be highly automated.
the cybertruck will go into production in late 2021 with a starting price of $39,900 and range of up to 500 miles.