Elon Musk is Already Testing his Crazy Underground Tunnel

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14 May, 2017

It shows a test run of an electric sled that would swiftly move cars through the tunnels at 125 miles per hour (200 km/h), automatically shifting from one tunnel to another.

Elon Musk has given a glimpse into the underground network of tunnels he's building to help people avoid travelling through LA traffic.

These latest updates are all a glimpse of the ongoing processes bringing the first tunnel of the network, which he hopes will eventually cover all of greater LA, to life.

A video posted to Instagram shows how the sled would blast its way through a tunnel barely wider than its own width, carrying a Tesla vehicle across an entire city in a matter of minutes. The auto would then shoot through the tunnel on the skate.

He tweeted on May 4 that he couldn't decide on a name for his tunnel-boring machine. Of course, the video Musk shared was entirely computer generated and seemed like something out of a science-fiction movie, but he's already making progress.

Musk said the system could transport drivers from Westwood to LAX Airport in just five minutes. He did, however, post a few more photos of the tunnel test site, including some shots of a tunnel boring machine (TBM) being lowered into the access pit.

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This is probably the fastest startup Elon Musk ever did. He posted a video of a skate at work.

With that, the so-called Boring Company was born, another addition to Musk's ever-growing portfolio of technology ventures.

It's unclear whether Musk has received the necessary approval from the city government for this tunnel.

During his TED talk last month, Musk said that he wanted to increase the speed of the machine by over ten-fold from digging about 300 feet per week to up to 1 mile per week.

He has plans to begin test excavation in a Hawthorne parking lot located near SpaceX headquarters.


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