Elon Musk Brings New Details About The Underground LA Tunnels Project

Elon Musk promises $1 rides in LA transit tunnels

Elon Musk promises $1 rides in LA transit tunnels

South African born entrepreneur Elon Musk has given updated details of a project to build high-speed transport tunnels underneath Los Angeles in a bid to combat traffic and said he wanted to work with the city's subway operator.

Musk, the Silicon Valley high-tech tycoon who founded the Tesla Inc.

'The tunnel would contain a high-speed underground public transportation system in which passengers are transported on autonomous electric skates travelling at 125 to 150mph (200 to 240 kph)'.

The billionaire revealed footage of his Boring Company's exploratory excavation, which will be open to the public and offering free rides within months.

It remained uncertain whether construction permits he has received thus far, or is still seeking from various agencies, would allow public access to his tunnels on an experimental basis.

Musk also noted that he hoped the Loop would supplement existing transport systems and connect public transport lines.

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"You'll be on the BFR for roughly half-an-hour, 40 minutes, and the longest a part of that flight is definitely the boat out (to the floating launch pad) and again". However, because of its size and location, The Boring Co.'s proposed 2.7-mile Los Angeles tunnel falls within an exemption category, which could let the company off the hook for test purposes.

Elon Musk is yet to provide a timeframe for the project.

Musk seemed to show unusual deference at this event, saying that tunnels are merely the best way he can think to solve traffic issues.

The West L.A. tunnel is the latest project Boring has undertaken after quietly digging a slightly shorter tunnel underneath tiny neighboring municipality of Hawthorne, where SpaceX and Boring are both headquartered.

"We're aiming to go over 300 miles an hour (483km/h) in a vacuum tunnel", Musk said. "In our mind, you won't hear us, you won't see us, you won't feel us, you won't even know we exist", Davis said.

The Boring Company's angle has always been to make tunnel digging more efficient, and Musk has purchased a second-hand machine for his company to study, which has been christened "Godot".

Musk, the Silicon Valley high-tech tycoon best known for his Tesla Inc electric auto manufacturer, planned to make a rare personal appearance at a public event in Los Angeles on Thursday night to answer questions from residents about his tunneling plans.

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