Elon Musk Unveils Test Run Footage Of Tunnel Planned Under LA

Posted May 14, 2017

The Boring Company began after Musk tweeted earlier this year that he wanted to bore a tunnel between his house and office to cut out the traffic he had to sit in. It's not boring at all.

When Space X founder Elon Musk introduced his plan to build a network of underground traffic tunnels in Los Angeles at a TED conference two weeks ago, he prefaced the news by saying he was only devoting 2-3 percent of his energy to the project.

He posted on Twitter and Instagram that such sleds could transport cars at 125 miles per hour, with automatic switching from one tunnel to the next. "Warning, this may cause motion sickness or seizures", Musk cautioned. Another Instagram post shows the segments are already in the final assembly stages. Elon Musk's tunnel company The Boring company has started to dig in LA.

He even showed us Gary, the mascot the Boring Company is using as a benchmark for its tunneling speed.

"Full length of first tunnel will run from LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks", Musk wrote. It will be 200 feet long when complete, he says. It remains unclear for now, however, whether Musk and his Boring Company have obtained the necessary approvals from the city and government, especially considering that the area is seismically active.

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The idea of a huge underground tunnel where cars travel from point A to point B on car-carrying platforms or sleds with rapid speeds saw the light of day at an undisclosed location.

The Boring Company is one of several companies now led by Musk. Ideally, Musk said the tunnels would get someone from Westwood to LAX in just five minutes.

Recall that in late April, Musk demonstrated the concept of high-speed tunnel.

"You can alleviate any arbitrary level of open congestion with a 3D tunnel network." said Musk recently at TED2017.