Elon Musk Opened a High-Speed Underground Tunnel Under Los Angeles
OREANDA-NEWS American billionaire and entrepreneur Elon Musk opened the first high-speed underground tunnel near Los Angeles.
As Musk told at the presentation, which was broadcast on the website of the Boring Company, for fast travel through the tunnel, the cars will be equipped with retractable side wheels, which will be put forward and removed as necessary. Technology he demonstrated on the car of its own brand Tesla. According to the entrepreneur, such wheels can be manufactured for other Autonomous electric vehicles
“You can drive at a speed of more than 240 kilometers per hour. At this speed, it seems that you teleport through the city. All tunnels will be constantly circulating cars for pedestrians and cyclists," Musk tweeted.
The construction of the test tunnel cost The Boring Company 10 million dollars. For the construction of tunnels used a specially designed machine for drilling "Nanni". According to the Musk, its diameter — 7.9 m, length — 121.9 m, weight — 1200 ton.
In June of this year, the company completed the construction of a section with a length of more than 4.3 km. Passengers will move through the tunnel on a high-speed electric bus, the speed of movement will be 241 km/h.
Priority after the start of operation of the tunnel, according to the Musk, will be given to pedestrians and cyclists. In this case, after completion of the discount period the cost of travel in the system will be below the price of a bus ticket.
Elon Musk founded the drilling company The Boring Company at the end of 2016. The Mask plan provides for the parallel construction of two tunnel networks in the Los Angeles area (California) and in the capital region on the East coast.
In the next stage, it is possible to create underground corridors in Texas or San Francisco.
The billionaire announced the start of construction of the tunnel at the end of June 2017.