Elon Musk posts video of 'electric sled' for tunnel travel

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"Cutterhead in operation at standard industry speed".

Today, The Verge noticed Musk's Instagram has lit up with updates on his underground traffic tunnel project.

In less nauseating imagery, Musk also treats us to views of The Boring Company's first tunnel. Musk took to Instagram, as he often does, to share the first steps of progress with his followers, including the plans for the first full-length tunnel running from LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks in Southern California. While it seemed like a possible joke at the time, it turns out that Elon Musk is that rare person with the mechanical know-how, municipal influence, and financial means to just start boring a tunnel under Los Angeles, and the Boring Company was born.

You'd drive your auto into an elevator, "sort of a vehicle skate", Musk says.

Musk would need to obtain permits from Los Angeles to build tunnels under the city.

"We're trying to dig a hole under L.A., and this is to create the beginning of what will hopefully be a 3D network of tunnels to alleviate congestion", Musk said at TED2017 in late April. Basically, a auto elevator would send the vehicle underground.

The tunnel used to show off Musk's electric sled, which is said to travel at up to 200km/h (124mph), appears to be the same test track used to test equipment for hyperloop, the 800mph train partly developed by Musk.

Musk assured his Twitter followers that The Boring Company's tunnels will be earthquake-proof, and that he aims to ramp up the boring speed by at least a factor of 10.

Though it's not clear where Musk's first tunnel beneath SpaceX will ultimately lead to, one can presume that it would connect the space company with nearby LAX airport. It's all part of his venture The Boring Company, a recently-formed tunnelling and infrastructure firm.

Based on the tweet, the "waiting" part appears to be a reference to the play itself, in which the characters Estragon and Vladimir do nearly nothing while in poor health and waiting for Godot. The tunnel will ultimately measure 500-feet long and remain contained inside SpaceX's parking lot.

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