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Musk device to bore starter tunnel in L.A.
by Nathan Bomey May 13, 2017
Elon Musk said Friday on social media that his tunneling company has begun boring a passage underneath Los Angeles.
In a series of Instagram posts, the billionaire innovator provided more details about his plans for the Boring Co., which he formed after becoming fed up with L.A.’s legendary traffic.
He debuted a video demonstration of the company’s ambitions for an underground sled to ferry vehicles from place to place at up to 125 mph. The video shows a metal skate zipping through a tunnel at torrential speed. He did not provide details about the demonstration.
Taken together, the Boring plans underscore Musk’s vision for a futuristic network of tunnels that would alleviate congestion on urban roads.
He reiterated Friday on Instagram that the company’s first tunnel would run from Los Angeles International Airport to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood and Sherman Oaks. Boring dug a starter hole to make way for the machine. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX conceived of the Boring plans after becoming frustrated at getting stuck in traffic one day.
“One of the most soul-destroying things is traffic,” Musk said recently in an interview at TED Talks. “It affects people in every part of the world. It takes away so much of your life. It’s horrible. It’s particularly horrible in L.A.”
The plans will accelerate with a Boring machine that is in “final assembly,” he said Friday on Instagram. Machine segments are being “lowered into the starter tunnel,” which he revealed in a photo on Instagram.
The machine “will be a few hundred feet long when complete,” he said. He told TED that the goal is to beat current tunnelboring machines by an “order of magnitude” through reducing tunnel diameter, increasing power and building wall reinforcements while still boring through the earth.
Musk recently teased that he would name the first Boring machine Godot, after the character in a Samuel Beckett play who never arrives.
In a separate post, Musk showed off a pet snail named Gary who will race Godot. Gary is 14 times faster than today’s machines, Musk said.
“We want to beat Gary. He’s not a patient little fellow,” Musk said. “Victory is beating the snail.”