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Hate Commuter Traffic? Elon Musk Does Too So He Started Tunneling Under LA to Fix It

Miri Malek July 10, 2017 July 10th, 2017

Last December, Elon Musk complained about the LA traffic during his commute and posted on twitter. While most people complain about these things, Musk proceeded to start a new company.

Apparently in the couple hours of (really boring) bumper-to-bumper traffic, he came up with the idea for “The Boring Company” to make this tunnel a reality. And, well, he couldn’t resist the puns.

Despite the jokes, he was dead serious.

Then he started to dig, starting right across his desk. The goal, apparently, is to start by making a straight shot from his office to LAX. As of this month, they’ve already finished digging the first section. That’s fast progress.

The tunnel boring machine

When we imagine the future of transit, people think self-driving cars, electric engines, and space travel. Well, Musk already has those covered, founding and running the companies SpaceX and Tesla. On the FAQ of The Boring Company website, they state, “To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3D.” People also imagine flying cars as the future, a 3D driving future. Well, Musk sees it the opposite way: “You have to go 3D either up or down. And I think probably down.” So he’s gone mole-man and acquired something called a boring machine. And just started digging a big hole. Check out the video for the grand scheme:

Obviously, because this is a future, cars aren’t going to drive themselves through the tunnels. That’s dangerous and soo 20th century. The idea is that you can pull up to a spot and mount an “electric sled” (you’re probably driving a Tesla while doing this), which is a platform that brings you below ground and speeds you through a one-lane tunnel at over 125mph. Here the video of the test-run for the sled, but just a warning, you might get dizzy watching: