Musk Tweets A Boring Tunnel Pic

The Boring Company's CEO, Elon Musk, tweeted out (tweeted forth?) a picture of a sample tunnel dug by his company.


(@elonmusk tweets a tunnel)

Serial tech entrepreneur Elon Musk posted an image on Saturday that shows a long run of track, pipes and reinforcement inside a tunnel. In addition to providing a first look at a 500 feet stretch of The Boring Company’s test tunnel, Musk also revealed plans for the company’s first route that’s expected to begin from LAX airport and run parallel to major Los Angeles corridor, Interstate 405, and north to U.S. Route 101.

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Musk would choose this section as the company’s first project. After all, his dealing with constant soul-crushing traffic along a path of travel that’s a consistent winner of “America’s worst freeways” was the genesis for The Boring Company.

“First route will go roughly parallel to the 405 from LAX to 101, with on/offramps every mile or so. It will work like a fast freeway, where electric skates carrying vehicles and people on pods on the main artery travel at up to 150mph, and the skates switch to side tunnels to exit and enter.” says Musk.

The idea of building tunnels for the quick delivery of goods and vehicles was first bandied about in the early 1800's; George Medford published a document from 1812 on the subject.

Science fiction writers know a good idea when they see one; for example, works like Robert Heinlein's Double Star referencedvacutubes for travel.

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