A first look at Elon Musk's next grand idea

30 April, 2017, 01:37 | Author: Evan Mason
  • The Boring Company

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Elon Musk revealed Friday a first glimpse at the network of traffic-beating underground tunnels he hopes to create.

Musk first introduced the world to his tunnel idea in December, when he got caught in one of Los Angeles's notorious traffic jams.

Following a teaser video showing Musk's vision for an electrified subterranean transportation system, wherein Tesla vehicles would be transported underground on an electric "skate" platform, Musk projected a teaser image showing the front of Tesla's upcoming semi-truck. While this seemed like the usual What If thought Musk dispatches to the Twitterverse, it seems he's actually going into the tunnel business with his adorably-named new venture, The Boring Company. Great gobs of torque at low rpm are the hallmark of electric motors, which is why they are used on subway cars and locomotives.

The large digital display located in the center of the dash calls to mind Tesla CEO Elon Musk's refusal to put a speedometer behind the wheel.

"I do rockets, so I like things that fly", Musk said. Currently, Musk says he and his engineers are working on developing a singular machine that can tunnel and place supports simultaneously.

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Mr Musk also told the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference he planned fully autonomous journeys across the United States by the end of the year. "Given the change in focus to Tesla projects, we mutually decided that it was the right time for the next generation of management to lead", the spokesman said. Musk conceded that there are still many challenges, the main ones being the cost and speed of installing the tunnels.

"You'll be thinking, 'Did they service their hubcap, or is it going to come off and guillotine me?" he said.

A vertical tunnel shaft already has been dug in the SpaceX parking lot. He sent out a tweet promising to buy a tunnel boring machine and "just start digging" to make an alternative way to beat the traffic.

"There's no real limit to how many levels of tunnels you can have", he said. Moreover, Musk said the Boring Company was taking only "2 or 3 percent" of his time.

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