Elon Musk still pushing for traffic-busting tunnels

Elon Musk still pushing for traffic-busting tunnels

It appears to be a reference to how quickly he wants The Boring Company to move in its mission to build a network of tunnels under Los Angeles.

The Boring Company founder shared more details Thursday night in Los Angeles about his project to cure the city's traffic congestion with hundreds of tunnels. Tunnels from Los Angeles to San Francisco could be done in a few weeks, Boring Company executive Steve Davis said.

Musk made a splash on social media and in the tech world early this year after the sale of $3.5 million worth of flamethrowers went viral.

The Boring Company's angle has always been to make tunnel digging more efficient, and Musk has purchased a second-hand machine for his company to study, which has been christened "Godot".

"Excited for @boringcompany partnership with LA Metro", Musk later tweeted.

The test tunnel will stretch almost three miles along Sepulveda on LA's Westside, one of the most traffic-congested parts of the city. After unveiling the idea of using capsules to ferry people or things in 2012, Musk let other startups take it further by making the IP open source.

"If you build a tunnel in L.A., you can build one anywhere", Musk said, referring to the various challenges the test tunnel would need to overcome in the city, including seismic conditions, methane gas, oil fields, and regulations.

The Boring Company
The Boring Company

Musk also imagined that the city's roads could become parks or gardens, and said the tunnels could be "almost like an autonomous, underground multi-level vehicle system".

"If you concentrate on it, if I can do that journey in about half-an-hour to an hour, I can do dozens of those a day and but a long-haul plane can exclusively make a type of flights a day", she informed the viewers. "But obviously that can only happen with public support".

"We're aiming to go over 300 miles an hour".

A slightly shorter test tunnel is already largely finished underneath the tiny neighboring municipality of Hawthorne, where Boring and SpaceX are both headquartered.

Hand-delivered flamethrowers: One of the fun fundraisers that Musk set up for the Boring Company sold 20,000 flamethrowers (or "not-a-flamethrowers" for regulatory purposes) at a cost of $500 each. But although the entrepreneur has always been long on vision, the City of Los Angeles is a complex, sprawling place.

Fares for Loop could cost as little as $1 per person, Musk suggested, though the actual cost will likely depend on a number of factors, and require input from multiple local and regional agencies.

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