Elon Musk Shows Off The Boring Company's Underground LA Tunnel
The plan itself isn't actually villainous, of course. The idea behind The Boring Company is to create a series of high tech underground freeways to help beat awful L.A. traffic, as well as possible hyperloop tracks to move people from place to place extremely quickly.
Since Musk has still been in the digging stage for some time (and probably will be for some time), we haven't seen much so far, although he has finally released a first look at these tunnels. This past weekend, Musk posted the following photo of the subterranean Los Angeles tunnel on various social media. It's not flashy, but it could be the highway of tomorrow, so take a look:
Picture of The Boring Company LA tunnel taken yesterday pic.twitter.com/TfdVKyXFsJ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2017
This particular route is planned to follow along highway 405 (starting by LAX airport) up to highway 101, although it's far from complete at this stage. Currently it's only about 500 feet long, although it should cover a stretch of two miles by early next year if everything goes to plan. The Boring Company's alternate tunnel in Maryland is even more ambitious, with plans to extend it far enough in both directions to link New York with Washington D.C.
500 ft so far. Should be 2 miles long in three or four months and hopefully stretch the whole 405 N-S corridor from LAX to the 101 in a year or so.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2017
As for what's high tech about these tunnels, the company has envisioned them containing a series of skates which can ferry cars around from place to place at high speeds. Musk also envisioned these cars all being Teslas, but that's secondary to the main goal of speeding up everyone's commute. Of course, much like Teslas, it's all planned to be electric.
If it works out, it could actually solve the dreadful traffic problem in Los Angeles, which would be enough of a feat that The Boring Company would probably have free reign to dig wherever it wanted after that.
Musk may be trying to save the environment with Tesla cars, or get us to Mars with SpaceX in case the planet goes down anyway, but his underground tunnels have the potential to become his most immediate success.