Elon Musk 'The Boring Company' Revealed the first EV tunnel
Elon Musks 'The Boring Company' revealed its first tunnel aimed to help with L.A's horrible traffic issues. The 1.14 mile long tunnel goes between the O'Leary Station and the Space X's parking lot.
A handful of media and journalists were invited to a private part Tuesday night where they had a chance to have a go in the tunnel. The journalists had a go in a Tesla Model X adapted with special protruding wheels to keep the SUV in place between the tunnel's walls.
This first tunnel is just a prototype, a sort of proof of concept which will allow the team to develop the system further, currently the cars are only travlled at speeds up to 50mph, eventually accoriding to Musk they will be bale to whizz by at speeds of 150 mph.
Musk said the following to BBC : "The profound breakthrough is very simple: it's the ability to turn a normal car into a passively stable vehicle by adding the deployable tracking wheels, stabilising wheels, so that it can travel at high speed through a small tunnel..."
"The way the loop will work is you will have main arteries that are travelling at 150mph and when you want to go to an exit, you will have an off ramp..."
"So you can travel the vast majority of your journey without stopping at 150mph and only slow down when you get to your exit, and then automatically transfer from one tunnel to another. It's like a 3D highway system underground basically."
Musk told the journalists that eventually the special protruding wheels could be fitted to any 'full autonomous EV and would cost $200-300, adding that they wouldn't interfere with vehicles normal operation.
Many journalists complained about the bumpiness of the ride, this was explained to be caused by issues with paving machine, these are set to be fixed providing a 'smooth as glass' surface in the future.
$10 Million Dollars Traffic Solving Hobby
The Boring Company came to life in 2016 when Musk was angered by the Los Angeles traffic and decided to do something about it. His solution was to go underground digging tunnels and avoiding the current road system all-together, this first tunnel costed him some $10 Million Dollars without all the digging equipment.