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Elon Musk wants to tackle LA traffic with underground tunnels

Billionaire proposed experimenting with massive underground network at LAX
May 01, 2017 01:30PM

Video still of underground tunnel, Elon Musk (The Boring Company/Getty Images)

Even Elon Musk must sit through Los Angeles traffic, but the Tesla and SpaceX founder has dug up a new solution: underground tunnels.

The tech mogul unveiled a video Monday showing cars being lowered beneath the earth.

Musk’s new infrastructure company, the Boring Company, has already started experimenting with tunneling, Curbed reported.

The concept involves cars parking atop elevators on surface roads that would be lowered into a tunnel. Once underground, the car would be loaded onto a platform called a “skate,” which would move the car forward at speeds of up to 124 mph, according to Curbed.

The project is still in its early stages. Must said he spends only 2 to 3 percent of his time on the operation, and the project’s personnel are “basically interns and people doing it part time.”

But Musk and his team already started digging a tunnel at its SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, linking it to a parking structure on the other side of Crenshaw Boulevard. Musk said the next stop is Los Angeles International Airport.

Digging tunnels is a laborious process and the billionaire plans to develop new drilling technology that would dig and reinforce tunnels as it goes along. [Curbed]Subrina Hudson