Skip to comments.A look inside Elon Musk's futuristic LA traffic-beating tunnel system
Posted on 04/29/2017 10:12:04 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- He's conquered the streets with electric cars, and he's leading the commercial race to space, but that's not enough for Elon Musk.
Billionaire Musk spoke at a TED Talks conference and gave the first glimpse of the traffic-beating underground tunnels he hopes to create.
The SpaceX and Tesla CEO plans to build the network of tunnels with his latest venture, The Boring Company.
Construction was well underway at the Hawthorne-based business on Friday.
AIR7 HD was overhead as crews worked on the early designs of a tunnel-digging machine with The Boring Company logo.
Here's how it would work: A computer-generated mockup shows a sprawling network of underground tunnels that vehicles can access on elevators positioned near roadsides. Once underground, the silver platforms whisk the cars to their destinations at great speeds.
Musk said a trip from Westwood to Los Angeles International Airport would take about five to six minutes.
The futuristic idea came to Musk back in December, when he got stuck in L.A.'s notorious traffic. He said the tunnel would start across from his desk at SpaceX and stretch to Crenshaw and the 105 Freeway.
While the underground highway is no doubt a distant dream, Musk has a way of pulling off ideas that seem impossible.
Cannot post that article, because it's Wired Magazine.
Someone please tell Elon about the San Andreas fault.
Lets see, 200k/hr, underground, 7.0 earthquake...
Sounds like a great idea.
That should make for about ten miles of cars all smashed up in about 250 feet where the first accident happens.
Create a spiderweb of tunnels for high velocity transit underneath a city built over numerous fault lines. What could go wrong?
How are you going to slow down each individual car so it can exit this tunnel system without disrupting traffic behind it?
Those platforms that transport the cars look like a vulnerable system for catastrophic failure. At those high speeds, a little vibration will turn parts into scrap metal and human beings flying like spit wads to their death. Any earth quake or a nuke attack will turn the cars into coffins and the tunnels into graves.
Isn’t he worried about things like, flowing water, LaBrae tar pit stuff, oil lakes, and rats?
Musk probably shouldn’t be listening to the voices in his head
While Spacex is marginally successful Tesla is not and has major problems
Musk is hilarious
Motor Traffic congestion is NOT a technology problem, it’s a pricing problem.
Clever Technology will never solve congestion because any good that is priced at zero ( ie streets ) will
always be overconsumed.
Price streets correctly and congestion will
Why don’t these trillionaires focus on making Star Trek type of transporters.
Wonder how many billions of our money Musk is using for THIS one.
I must have missed the part where we elected Elon Musk to plan and execute public works and transportation infrastructure.
Yes, he is rather skilled at sucking up taxpayer money.
Expect Musk fanbois to show up and howl over people mentioning that Musk is a tax parasite.
Slow them down?
Heck, just launch them.
And who’s going to stop him when after greasing government wheels, a massive propaganda campaign, wooing investors, and getting laws and zoning ordinances changed to accomodate his project ... he puts up a toll booth? I don’t want this guy anywhere near my roads and highways thank you very much.
How much will Musk bilk taxpayers to create this tunnel network?
If he wants to spend his own money fantastic. More power to him. And if he can improve boring technology WITH HIS MONEY great.
But knowing him and his business plan he will try to get the taxpayers to fund it.
Getting claustrophobic just thinking about it....
He should also watch out for the amber heard fault too.
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