Elon Musk Brings New Details About The Underground LA Tunnels Project

Elon Musk's Boring Company to offer 150mph'Loop ride in Los Angeles for $1

These shuttles will be able to carry cars, but Musk has said that pedestrians and cyclists will take priority.

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. The CEO said The Boring Company aims to offer rides for $1 a trip, cheaper than standard bus fare. "The only time you actually stop would be when you exit", Musk said.

'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)'.

One test tunnel has already been excavated near SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif.

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".

Plans call for excavating a 2.7-mile (4.4-km) passage below a stretch of the congested Sepulveda Boulevard corridor on the West Side of Los Angeles and the adjacent town of Culver City.

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The agency apparently met with The Boring Company just over two weeks ago and they disclosed it in a tweet that went under the radar.

The system Musk envisions would see pods carrying vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists on "skate" platforms traveling at speeds of up to 130 miles per hour.

Writing on Instagram, he said: 'First Boring Company tunnel under LA nearly done! Two neighborhood groups have filed suit to block the environmental exemption.

The nearly completed dry run is created to make sure plans actually work - if it doesn't, the city can request the tunnel is filled in with concrete or soil. The LA Metro company tweeted yesterday that it would be "partners moving forward" with The Boring Company, to which Elon replied that he was excited about the partnership. After unveiling the idea of using capsules to ferry people or things in 2012, Musk let other startups take it further by making the IP open source.

Musk said if the tunneling could move at one-tenth of walking speed, a mile could be completed every three hours.

"If you concentrate on it, if I can do that journey in about half-an-hour to an hour, I can do dozens of those a day and but a long-haul plane can exclusively make a type of flights a day", she informed the viewers.

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