Nothing Boring About Elon Musk’s Boring Company
Elon Musk’s Boring Company is an ambitious idea that makes sense. Elon Musk, is known for his innovation and very ambitious ideas that are quickly driving change around the world. The man behind Tesla and Space X has introduced The Boring Company. The company’s goal is to build a tunnel system under cities to transport cars at high rates of speed. According to Musk, this type of transportation, in a tunnel system, could be the future of transportation in big cities. He suggests that moving the transportation system underground rather to the air, is a more viable solution. If you go deep enough, you cannot detect the tunnel below the earth. The earth is very good at absorbing sound and vibration, making the system almost undetectable.
“The challenge with flying cars is that they are quiet noisy and that is not anxiety reducing.”
Trips traveling at 125 mph or 200 km/h through tunnels.
The idea is to create a network of underground tunnels that integrates entrance and exits points at various points around the city. These points would only use the space of a single parking spot. The elevator delivers the vehicle onto an electric platform from the street to the tunnel system. Trips traveling at 125 mph (200 km/h) through tunnels would deliver vehicles to their predefined destination in minutes with very little risk of accident.
Watch Elon Musk talk about The Boring Company
Elon Musk’s Boring Company has branded itself as a drilling company, however, it’s more than that. It’s an idea of transforming traffic and infrastructure in major cities. Cities in the United States and around the world. There are currently plans to implement a network of tunnels in Los Angeles to function as an alternative to the main highway systems.
“It’s easier to go down than it is up with a 3D tunnel network,” says Musk. “As layers of tunnels get used up we can continue to go down.”
Tunneling has always been expensive, but not for Elon Musk’s Boring Company
Cost per mile costs have always been a roadblock in the tunneling world. Musk has an ambition goal of achieving a 10 fold reduction in the cost of tunneling. But he is putting his money where his mouth is. He suggests that this can be achieved in two ways:
- Cutting down the diameter of the tunnel decreases the cost in half. Musk is attempting a 12 foot wide tunnel.
- Using a tunneling machine that reinforces the tunnel wall continuously.
What about autonomous vehicles? That’s still a thing, right?
Musk is already working towards autonomy with his innovative electric cars. But he believes that when transportation becomes fully autonomous. It’s an absolute that there will be more vehicles will be on the road. Thus, creating more congestion on the streets of an already stressed infrastructure. Further, the electrification of vehicles will become more affordable as most automakers already, have some sort of electric program in place.
Musk is trying to solve the impacts of innovation before they happen. You’re seeing this with The Boring Company and his renewable energy ventures such as the Solar Roof Shingles. He is a true futurist in that sense and is taking this project very seriously by already building the system in the parking lot of SpaceX. Please share comments below and get involved in the conversation.
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