Elon Musk’s The Boring Company unveils proof-of-concept tunnel

The tunnel has been excavated along a path that runs beneath the municipality of Hawthorne, where The Boring Company is headquartered.

In a significant development, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, has unveiling its first tunnel, a proof-of-concept 2-mile (3.2 km) tunnel that Musk has advertised as the first step towards developing a high-speed subterranean network that will whisk vehicles and pedestrians below the congested streets of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States.

The tunnel has been excavated along a path that runs beneath the municipality of Hawthorne, where The Boring Company is headquartered.

In a tweet earlier this month, Musk stated, the proof-of-concept tunnel will enable “autonomous transport cars & ground to tunnel elevator cars.”

According to Boring’s website, its futuristic transportation system would transport passengers and automobiles on electrically powered “skates” that will zip through the tunnels once they are lowered underground.

Earlier this year in May, Musk’s company provided a preview of the first tunnel, posting a fast-forward video of the interior shot by a camera traveling the length of the cylindrical passageway, which measures about 12 feet (3.7 m) in diameter.

As per the minutes of the special Hawthorne City Council meeting that was held in August 2017 to review an easement for the project, “There will be no cars or people in the research tunnel”.

The Boring company’s website states “due to unbelievably high demand, tours through the Hawthorne test tunnel are by invitation only.”

If successful, the Hawthorne tunnel is envisioned as eventually connecting to a network of other tunnels, yet to be approved or built.

Last month, the Boring Company scrapped plans for a slightly longer 2.7-mile segment under a West Los Angeles neighborhood, settling litigation brought by community groups opposed to that project.

In June, Boring was selected by the city of Chicago to build a 17-mile underground transit system linking that city’s downtown to O’Hare International Airport. The company also has proposed an East Coast Loop that would run from Washington, D.C., out to the Maryland suburbs.

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