Chicago Looks To Elon Musk For Future Transport Solution

Chicago Looks To Elon Musk For Future Transport Solution

Chicago Looks To Elon Musk For Future Transport Solution

Elon Musk's plan to dig tunnels under cities for cars to circumvent traffic is coming to fruition - starting in the SpaceX parking lot in Los Angeles.

Musk's ultimate goal is to relieve congestion by building as many as 30 layers of tunnels beneath Interstate 105 in Los Angeles. By that time, The Boring Company was already done digging a vertical shaft for it.

Mr Musk also said that the first vehicle elevator - required to get the cars underground - is nearly operational. The boring machine named Godot has finished the first part of a huge tunnel under the ground, he announced on Twitter.

The idea with the Boring Company - which Musk first introduced in a series of tweets last December while lamenting about how much he hated sitting in traffic - is to lower cars underground with an elevator.

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A snail can now travel 14 times faster than a tunnel boring machine and a preliminary goal will be for the Boring Company tunneling machine to catch up to the snail. In April, the Boring Company released an animated concept video on YouTube to show how the tunnels would work. The clip shows a vehicle riding onto a auto skate, which then lowers itself underground into a network of tunnels.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been in confirmed talks with Musk about implementing a high-tech digger to bore out an underground high-speed rail line connecting downtown to O'Hare International Airport. "We bought some second-hand machinery; it's kind of puttering along but it's making good progress".

When that man is Elon Musk, the answer is a resounding yes.

"Build more tunnels", Musk said then. Musk said last month that the first tunnel would run from LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks, with later tunnels covering more of the greater LA area.

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