Elon Musk Reveals Soon-To-Be-Operational Car Pods For LA Tunnel
Exciting times are ahead for Elon Musk's Boring Company if the Chief Executive Officer's tweets are any indication.
According to Musk, the wait for "Godot" — a name he christened the company's enormous tunnel boring machine — is over because it has started digging the tunnel in the SpaceX property. Not only that, the company has also finished installing the tunnel car elevator pods' skeletal structure.
The not-boring updates were revealed by the CEO in a tweet storm, showing just how hyped Musk is about his beloved tunnel.
Boring Company Updates
According to Musk's tweets, Godot had already begun and completed digging the first segment of the tunnel in L.A.
First machine is Godot. Still waiting ... Don't know why, when or where.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2017
Boring machine segments have been lowered into the starter tunnel. Going through final assembly.… https://t.co/2jg03I7j4n — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2017
No longer waiting for Godot. It has begun boring and just completed the first segment of tunnel in LA.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 28, 2017
Then things turned a little weird when Musk professed his love for floors, only to be followed by his proclamation of undying love for tunnels.
They are so underappreciated — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017
Not as much as tunnels though
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017
And I don't care who knows it. Our love will never die. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 29, 2017
He then tweeted a photo of the SpaceX facility from outside, followed by a very short video of his surrounding area to point out his location, which establishes that he was actually standing where the tunnel would be excavated. Take a look at the video below.
Across the road and below the ground pic.twitter.com/E2DG8EzaXg
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 30, 2017
Then came the big reveal. In another video, Musk revealed that the skeletal structure for the pods, which will bring vehicles down to the tunnels, has been assembled and installed. He also said that the car elevators would already be operational by "next week." Watch the video below to catch a glimpse of the car pod/elevator.
Just installed steel skeleton of the car/pod elevator. Should be operating next week. pic.twitter.com/DIZW7zuWaA — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 30, 2017
Here is the concept video of the project to remind everyone what it is supposed to look like.
The pods are also supposed to be a zero-emission platform that can "skate" in the tunnels at speeds of up to 125 miles per hour, with the possibility of increasing it to more than 600 miles per hour in a hyperloop tube.
The Boring Company Explains Why Tunnels Will Work
According to the Musk, he started the Boring Company to address the growing traffic congestion problem in L.A.
"Unlike flying cars, tunnels are weatherproof, out of sight and won't fall on your head ... The key to making this work is increasing tunneling speed and dropping costs by a factor of 10 or more - this is the goal of The Boring Company," the company's website explains.
The company goes on to say that tunnels are much safer even when earthquakes occur since it moves with the ground.
For those who are wondering what will happen to the dirt that Godot and his future boring pals will remove from underground, the company is already looking into technologies to use it as part of the tunnel lining, which would also ease the cost of tunneling.