Elon Musk's Boring Company will personally deliver your flamethrower

Steve Phelps
May 18, 2018

The full-fledged project would include a tunnel along Los Angeles' notoriously busy 405 Freeway where, Musk said, traffic varied between the seventh and the eighth circles of hell. The founder and CEO of The Boring Company envisions of creating a new form of transportation to get out of the nasty Los Angeles traffic he famously complains about.

The result? A transportation system that could take you practically anywhere in the world in roughly an hour.

It is unknown how fast the "electric skates" will go during tests on the public.

"You won't even know we even exist", said Steve Davis, with the Boring Company.

Elon Musk and project leader Steve Davis alluded that the team at The Boring Company is challenged to match the digging space of a snail (0.03 MPH) and get up to 1/10 of the average human walking speed of about 0.03 miles per hour, compared to the current pace of around 0.0003 miles per hour.

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

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Musk launched his foray into public transit after complaining on Twitter in December 2016 that clogged traffic was "driving me nuts", vowing to "build a boring machine and just start digging". Perhaps he'll share more details on this marriage between his two companies - like if LA will be the first city to get one of those spaceports.

The Boring Co. has already cleared some regulatory hurdles for the tunnel along Sepulveda Boulevard, which would connect with a two-mile test track that's under construction in Hawthorne across from SpaceX headquarters.

Musk later tweeted that he plans to livestream a presentation/Q&A regarding the Boring Company's plans in Los Angeles tomorrow, May 17, at 7pm (presumably PT).

But two neighborhood advocacy groups have filed suit to block the excavation, arguing the project is really intended as the first segment for a much larger tunnel system planned by Musk. Musk commented, "we're not suggesting this to the exclusion of other approaches".

"Compared to a flying vehicle, you don't have to worry about bad weather, you can't see it, hear it, feel it". "It wouldn't be possible to have a subway tunnel in L.A., which a lot of people do not realize exists, but there is a subway in L.A.", Musk said.

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