Inside the Musk Tunnel

Elon Musk Digs Started to Dig First Tunnel Sending Cars Through on Electric High Speed Sled
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14 May, 2017

One video shared by Mr Musk apparently shows the beginning of the first of those tunnels, after a hole had been made to allow the vast machinery required to dig them to be placed under the ground. No permit necessary for this first test tunnel. Musk envisions that it will eventually stretch from LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood and Sherman Oaks. He didn't share any info on when we might expect the tunnel to be complete - but we do know the plan is to expand the network to the greater Los Angeles area.

Large boring machines would create this new infrastructure, which is one of several initiatives pioneered by the South African entrepreneur.

In the test video, an electric sled accelerates gradually to 125mph before its forceful brakes kick in and bring it to an abrupt stop.

Musk contends that unlike surface roadways, underground you need never run out of room to add lanes, because you can simply go down another level.

The next photo shows the boring machine segments going through final assembly. Godot, he said, would be the name of the Boring Company's first big piece of equipment. The point seems to be that that Godot will be getting up to speed to bore the tunnel at a fast pace.

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The electric sled can transport cars at 125 miles per hour through tunnels, according to Musk. Last month, he posted a video on YouTube revealing his vision for a network of tunnels under major cities.

Musk said the system could transport drivers from Westwood to LAX Airport in just five minutes. CNET editor Dan Ackerman joins CBSN to discuss Elon Musk's newest ambitions in the tech world. Best known for his innovations at Tesla and SpaceX, Musk's ventures span not just electric autos and space exploration, but sustainable and solar energy, neurotechnology, artificial intelligence and more.

The SpaceX CEO founded The Boring Company before the end of the year.

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


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