Boring Company has finished drilling first test tunnel

Nov

18

2018

in Los Angeles
The Boring company, the tunnel excavation company of Elon Musk, has completely excavated its first tunnel. This weekend, the machine broke through the last remaining piece of land under Los Angeles. Eventually electric shuttles have to transport passengers through the tunnel.

Musk placed two short videos on Twitter this weekend that show that the digger has reached the end of the tunnel. The tunnel ends in the Hawthorne district, in Los Angeles, somewhere on a private property that The Boring Company has bought, according to Ars Technica . The start of the journey is in the parking lot of the SpaceX headquarters, also in Hawthorne. The entire tunnel is between 3 and 4 kilometers long. It is expected that the public can make trips in the tunnel from 10 December.

Through the tunnel, small shuttles will travel along a track in a loop , with a speed of almost 250 kilometers per hour. In a Hyperloop the tunnel contains an almost vacuum and speeds up to around 1000 km / h. Access and exit points at this tunnel must be as large as a single parking space for a car. According to Musk, tickets will be cheaper than traveling by bus.

In addition to passenger shuttles, Musk also wants cars to be transported in the tunnels in the future. He also aims to improve tunnel drilling technology so that water, gas and electricity pipes can be installed more efficiently and cheaply. The slogan of the company is beat the snail , which refers to the fact that such tunneling normally goes literally slower than a snail.

The final station of the tunnel, O’Leary Station, is named after a recently deceased employee of SpaceX and The Boring Company, according to Ars Technica. In the future, Musk wants to build such tunnels between New York and Washington DC, in Chicago and a longer one in Los Angeles.

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