LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
At a recent TED Talk, Elon Musk revealed his ambitions for The Boring Company. “One of the most soul-destroying things is traffic,” says Musk. He therefore envisions a system of platform elevators that transport individual cars to subterranean rails, where they scoot at 125 miles per hour. Since many mines are deeper than skyscrapers are tall, Musk sees no reason why the underground system cannot consist of “any number of tunnels, any number of levels.” Currently, he is trying to bring costs down. Existing boring machines can hollow 300 feet of tunnel a week, and Musk wants to triple the capability. Strategies include automating machinery, running it closer to its thermal limit and reinforcing walls as holes are bored. Musk wants to narrow tunnel width to twelve feet, which would be feasible for electric cars on a single-lane (exhaust vehicles require ventilation infrastructure). Recently, a giant boring machine began digging at SpaceX headquarters.