Elon Musk demonstrates tunnel driving at 200km/h

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And finally here's the company's "electric sled", which will "transport cars at 125 miles per hour (200 km/h) through tunnels", in action. Apart from the initial plans that include building a tunnel underneath Los Angeles, not much else is known about the company. The twisted genius just posted video of a test sled zooming through a test tunnel. It is Gary's natural digging ability that is helping drive Musk's desire to build a more efficient drill, as he told audiences at the TED Conference.

He tweeted on May 4 that he couldn't decide on a name for his tunnel-boring machine.

"Warning, this may cause motion sickness or seizures", Musk warned. It will be able to go from Westwood to LAX in five minutes, he said. As part of the project, Musk unveiled a tunnel-digging machine outside Hawthorne-based SpaceX.

In the test video, an electric sled accelerates gradually to 125mph before its forceful brakes kick in and bring it to an abrupt stop. Such is the case with The Boring Company's task of creating an ultra-fast transport tunnel under the streets of Los Angeles. Elon Musk reportedly acquired the pre-owned machine from L.A. Metro.




The CEO posted the video to Instagram. Musk adds that besides the commute between Westwood and LAX, the tunnels will later cover LAX to Culver City, Sherman Oaks, and Santa Monica as well.

Musk said the Boring Company is focusing on ways to improve technology and efficiency enough to reduce cost by at least tenfold. He says the machine will be "a few hundred feet long when complete".

Musk acknowledged improvement in boring technology may have crossover benefit for another vision of his for using tunnels to speed travel: Hyperloops, in which passengers would be transported in pods at near supersonic speeds through tubes with reduced air pressure.

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