Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Elon Musk shows off his high-speed underground tunnel

Elon Musk shows off his high-speed underground tunnel

The tunnel features paneled walls, cables and a large upper conduit, as well as lighting and what appear to be tracks.

On Saturday, Musk posted the first image of Boring Co.'s test site. It is a clear demonstration of how Musk's tunnel-digging venture has evolved from the initial idea first floated on Twitter to reality. He also noted it will run roughly parallel to the Interstate 405 corridor from LAX to the 101 in about a year.

In his post, Musk said his traffic solution "will work like a fast freeway, where electric skates carrying vehicles and people pods on the main artery travel up to 150 miles per hour, and the skates switch to side tunnels to exit and enter".

The tunnel is being built under Hawthorne, near the Tesla Design Center and SpaceX headquarters in California, and as you can see, the project is really starting to come together. And he stressed his intention to bore a 2-mile tunnel from LAX airport to U.S. Route 101 within 3 or 4 months.

In a separate post on Instagram, Musk disclosed extra details about the Boring Company's fast freeway.

When Elon Musk isn't creating electric cars or scheming to send humans to Mars, the entrepreneur is attempting to cure Los Angeles of its traffic problems. The tunnel just outside of LA is the first the Boring Co. has undertaken, but it recently received provisional approval to start digging in Maryland, too, on a second test dig that will potentially become part of an underground Hyperloop network. The goal of The Boring Company (a play on words), is to build a series of underground tunnels that can transport cars and help alleviate traffic.

Currently, tunnels are really expensive to dig, with some projects costing as much as 1 billion US dollars per mile (about 1.61 km).

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