Billionaire, entrepreneur, and CEO of multiple ventures Elon Musk took to Twitter and Instagram on Saturday to share a picture of one of its most recent projects. The Boring Company’s tunnel in California seems to be quite advanced at 500 feet long and already reinforced with paneled walls, cabling, and lighting.
The tunnel is a testament not only to the fast pace of Musk’s boring machines but also to the determination and hard work it goes into the entire operation. The executive says they expect to lengthen the stretch up to 2 miles in the next 3 to 4 months.
When finished, the tunnel will be only a proof of concept in contrast to the ideas Elon Musk has for The Boring Company. Entire underground networks of tunnels would seat below cities, providing a much needed fast channel to alleviate traffic.
The Boring tunnel will reach LAX in a year
Boring machines are digging near Hawthorne, California, where the SpaceX headquarters are located, and aiming towards the direction of Los Angeles, one of the state’s largest metropolises and a city infamous for its traffic jams and little transportation alternatives.
In addition to sharing the picture of the tunnel in progress on his Instagram page, he did the same on Twitter and said it should reach the 2-mile mark in three to four months. In about a year, the tunnel should cover the entire stretch from LAX to the 101.
However, a tunnel is useless without something traveling through it, and that is precisely the next challenge to tackle. For it to achieve its full potential the company needs technology that is still a work in progress as well.
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
What does the future hold for Boring tunnels?
The future of The Boring Company happens to look, in fact, not boring at all. The simple yet complex concept could usher in a new era of transportation, thanks in part to another one of Musk’s ideas.
Conceived by the CEO, the Hyperloop could be one of the many means of transportation that circulate through these underground fast channels, although different companies and development teams are still working on capsules and tracks that work as intended.
If that doesn’t arrive in time, then literal fast tracks on which cars sit static and travel at up to 150 mph could be the solution. A question would be whether regular drivers could commute using the Boring tunnels, or if they would serve strictly utilitarian purposes like cargo shipments and such.