Elon Musk Shows Video Of First Tunnel Bored Underground In Los Angeles

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has kept his word on boring a tunnel underground in Los Angeles to find a solution to being stuck in traffic.

In a series of videos and photos Musk posted today on his Instagram page, the first section of a tunnel placed underground by a business unit that he’s named The Boring Company is shown. The company is being secretive about where this first tunnel has been placed and how much distance it covers.

The first video shows the beginning of the tunnel.

Musk said on the post that once in place, the tunnel will run from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks. There will be more tunnels, and they’ll cover all of the greater Los Angeles area, he said.

The lead photo above shows the staging area for the entryway to the tunnel. The work is being done by Boring Machine 1, which he’s nicknamed Godot.

The second video, below, shows Godot’s cutter head at standard industry speed. Musk said that the speed will eventually go up by a factor of 10.

The next photo shows the boring machine segments going through final assembly. It will reach a few hundred feet long once its finished, he said.

On a more humorous note right up there with the name of this startup company, Musk posted a photo of their pet snail, Gary, inside a transparent pineapple-shaped stand. Gary, likely named after the lead character’s best friend in the “Sponge Bob” animated series, probably won’t be racing against the boring machine. The point seems to be that that Godot will be getting up to speed to bore the tunnel at a fast pace.

“The race between Gary, our pet snail who lives in a pineapple, and Godot, our tunnel boring machine, begins soon!” Musk wrote.

The third video segment is the longest, and shows a test run of “our electric sled” that will go 125 mph through tunnels.

Musk said that the transport vehicle will be able to automatically switch from one tunnel to the next. It will be able to go from Westwood to LAX in five minutes, he said.

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The Boring Company concept started in late 2016 with Musk tweeting about how much he hated being stuck in traffic. He’d had the typical LA freeway driving experience going from his home to work in Hawthorne, where his SpaceX company is headquartered next to a Tesla service center with ample Supercharger stations.

The SpaceX CEO founded The Boring Company before the end of the year. It’s one more concept he’s come up that’s turning into a test project – similar to the Hyperloop pod that’s gaining traction on a Nevada test track.

As for now, he’s being secretive about the details, but it does appear to coming together.

Fortune


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