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Elon Musk's Boring Company has finished the first 'segment' of a tunnel in LA

by Vera Lovici • 06 Nov 2018

It all started with a tweet. Elon Musk declared at the start of the year that his new enterprise, a tunnel boring machine, would start digging "in a month or so" – and he's already made right on his word.


The two-mile test tunnel under SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, is a demonstration of concept for an underground public transportation system, which intends to transport commuters and vehicles beneath blocked roadways on autonomously driven electric platforms called “skates.” The skates will probably transport eight to 16 passengers, or one passenger vehicle, along with magnetic rails at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h), Musk tweeted.


The operation is intended to transport individual cars — but will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists — at speeds of up to 150 mph, the company's website says.
The tunnel walls have vertical "curbs" to keep the skates in line as they travel, as well as a walkway for maintenance and emergency exits, according to The Boring Company.


Speaking with Recode, Musk said that eventually there could be 100 levels of tunnels below streets.
"We do expect to, over time, create a network of tunnels under greater LA," he said. "And I think this is the key to getting around the city very fast. You've got to go 3D."


He added: "You could certainly have a subway system which had many layers of tunnels, but the tunnels are so prohibitively expensive that they don't do it. However, you can go down 100 levels if you want to — you could have 100 layers of tunnels on top of each other."
Musk continued: "The key is a massive improvement in tunnelling technology. That's the linchpin. That's fundamentally what it amounts to."


We look forward to seeing where Elon's ideas are heading off to and the impact will have in our civilization. What do you guys think about this new challenging concept?

   



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