Founder of Tesla Motors, entrepreneur and Twitter enthusiast, Elon Musk tweeted to show off the interior of the Boring Company’s “disturbingly long” tunnel on Sunday.
He said that the opening is still on track, and posted a video of the walk down and the entire length of the tunnel. The sped-up 30 second video shows off the two-mile-long tunnel that Musk describes it as, “disturbingly long”.
As it’s been built by Musk’s Boring Company, the outfit that’s aiming to create a new high-speed transit system beneath the streets of Los Angeles, and other cities if the scheme proves viable.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 3, 2018
“Walked full length of Boring Co tunnel under LA tonight,” Musk said in his tweet and described the tunnel as “disturbingly long” .
Video of the project takes you on a ride of the full length of the tunnel ahead of its official opening in December:
The tunnel travels a short distance north from below the headquarters of SpaceX — another venture of Musk’s, before traveling west for several miles.
The route of the tunnel takes is probably the least important part of its design. For Musk and the Boring Company team, it’s the first real chance to showcase a functioning system as he seeks to convince city planners of its potential to transform transit in cities facing such challenges — which means almost all of them.
Then, how would this subterranean, high-speed transit system work? The basic idea is to use electric-powered sleds to move vehicles, as well as foot passengers and cyclists, to multiple destinations across a city at speeds of up to 150 mph.
As demonstrated in the video above, vehicles and passenger pods would be lowered from street level onto the sleds via an elevator system, with recent reports suggesting the elevators could also connect to office buildings and private residences. At the start of a journey, the sled transfers from a side tunnel onto the main track, so all of the passengers are constantly on the move.
This is a big difference compared to subways that stop at every stop, whether you’re getting off or not.
Another important part of the project is to revolutionize the tunneling industry with faster, more efficient boring machines.
The Boring Company has already been chosen to enter into talks for the design of a high-speed, 18-mile tunnel link between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport, and their idea for a fast transit tunnel between Dodger Stadium and a transit hub in Los Angeles has also been welcomed by the authorities.
The 2-mile-long test tunnel in southwest Los Angeles is gearing up for a grand opening on December 10, with members of the public to be offered free rides along its track the following day.