Elon Musk pitches 150 miles per hour rides in Boring Company tunnels for $1

Elon Musk pitches 150 miles per hour rides in Boring Company tunnels for $1

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is bringing his technology charm offensive to an attempt at digging a tunnel beneath part of Los Angeles to test designs for a high-speed subterranean transportation network he envisions for the city. "Wow. It's an awesome alternative for mass transportation in the city of Los Angeles", Susane Gearin said. Just last month, SEC documents were filed detailing that Musk's Boring Company had raised just shy of $113 million. This would be the type of tunnels built to transport the masses.

"Like a weird little Disney ride in L.A.", Musk, casually dressed in denim, said to laughter and applause.

The SpaceX and Tesla CEO said that his Boring company is designing its own tunneling machine, which will be 10 times as fast as existing machines.

Earlier in the evening Musk retweeted an LA Metro tweet that said it's coordinating with The Boring Company on its test and said the two will be "partners" going forward. First, Musk plans a 2.7-mile test tunnel - one he's already gotten an exemption from the city to do without an environmental impact review.

Joining him on stage was Steve Davis, a top executive at Musk's aptly named underground transit venture, the Boring Company. He noted that they would but given the length of the process would do so once moving towards a larger-scale project rather than on one of the test tunnels.

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According to the city, the proposed tunnel would begin with the entry/exit point at 2352-6 Sepulveda Boulevard, north of West Pico Boulevard, in West Los Angeles.

Musk explained that the company has made progress on its project by building a pilot tunnel at its SpaceX complex in Hawthorne.

The concept is to pack no less than 100 passengers per flight on a brilliant highly effective rocket that Musk has dubbed the BFR - which is about two-and-a-half occasions the dimensions of the Falcon Heavy rocket that put a Tesla into area in February (by chance overshooting the orbit of Mars). Musk commented, "we're not suggesting this to the exclusion of other approaches".

The tunnel would use pods transporting 16 passengers at a time at high speeds, cutting down on commuting times in the congested city.

"Compared to a flying auto, you don't have to worry about bad weather, you can't see it, hear it, feel it".

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