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April 30th, 2017

Elon Musk’s Latest Venture, The Boring Company

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed in a recent TED talk how he plans to build a vast underground transportation network that would transport cars on an electric skate – all so traffic could be avoided. The Boring Company, as it’s officially named, was born out of Musk’s frustration with Los Angeles’ legendary traffic jams.

In a conceptual video released during his TED talk in Vancouver, the idea shows having cars get on a platform, called a car skate, and then are quickly, vertically lowered into an underground tunnel. The car will remain on the skate in the tunnel while it travels to its destination. The project, led by SpaceX engineer Steve Davis, would allow for high speed travel up to 130 mph – fast enough to get you from Westwood to LAX in about five minutes, a commute that usually takes 40 minutes. A 3D network of tunnels underground would allow for roadways to be stacked upon one another and Musk believes there is no real limit to how many levels of tunnels can be dug.

The Boring Company is already testing out a boring machine and plans to dig a demo tunnel in the SpaceX parking lot. However, Musk says he only spends about two to three percent of his time on this latest venture, “This is basically interns and people doing it part time,” he said. “We bought some second hand machinery. It’s kind of puttering along but making good progress.”

This venture shouldn’t really be a surprise – coming from the mind of a man who believes in the colonization of Mars and that his Hyperloop transportation system could, someday soon, zip you from LA to San Francisco in just 30 minutes. When asked why he doesn’t focus on flying cars as many other billionaires, Musk says, “There’s a challenge of flying cars in that they’ll be quite noisy. If something’s flying over your head, a whole bunch of flying cars going all over the place, that is not an anxiety-reducing situation.”

The Boring Company even has its own website, but for now it looks just as the name implies – boring.

The idea shows having cars get on a platform, called a car skate, and then are quickly, vertically lowered into an underground tunnel

The Boring Company is already testing out a boring machine and plans to dig a demo tunnel in the SpaceX parking lot

Busy with Tesla and SpaceX, Musk says he only spends about two to three percent of his time on this latest venture

Source via: Recode, TED


Written by Mila Medonaite for Design Engine, April 30, 2017


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