Elon Musk Shows Off The Boring Company Car Elevator
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Elon Musk seems to be making progress with his underground tunnel trasnportation idea.
The SpaceX and Tesla CO, who late last year announced his intent to build a network of underground tunnels to help drivers avoid congestion, on Wednesday posted an Instagram video demonstrating how that project is coming along.
The video shows a Tesla vehicle slowly rolling onto a platform before the platform lowers and the car disappears underground.
A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Jul 25, 2017 at 11:26pm PDT
"Testing The Boring Company car elevator," Musk wrote in the video's caption.
The new footage comes after Musk's Boring Company in April offered a first look at the underground transportation system it's hoping to develop. The idea is that drivers will pull their car onto a metal platform on the side of the road, and the vehicle would then be lowered into the underground tunnel system.
Drivers would then be able to sit back and take a break. The car would remain on the metal platform (reportedly called a "skate") and be transported through the tunnel at around 124mph.
Musk announced the idea in December; while some thought it was a joke at first, the entrepreneur is obviously serious about it.
"Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging..." he wrote at the time.
There's at least one major problem holding back this plan at the moment: tunnel boring is a ridiculously slow process. Musk and The Boring Company are aiming to build a better boring machine -- one that can dig a tunnel and reinforce its walls at the same time -- to speed up the process.
Meanwhile, Musk last week announced he has received "verbal govt approval" for The Boring Company to build a Hyperloop underground tunnel connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C.
"Still a lot of work needed to receive formal approval, but am optimistic that will occur rapidly," he wrote.
The Hyperloop is another Musk moonshot. He first proposed it in 2013, outlining a system whereby passengers would be transported at super high speeds via tubes that are constructed above or below the ground.