Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk added one more entry to his over-achiever resume on Thursday: construction magnate. During a media event in a cavernous and exceedingly empty train station constructed in the mid-aughts but never used, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel formally announced that Musk's tunnel boring and mass transit company has won its bid to build an 18-mile high-speed connector between downtown Chicago and O'Hare International Airport. Musk says the boring company, called the Boring Company, will not use public funds for its project. By beating a consortium composed of investors, a fund launched by former NBA player Magic Johnson, and British civil engineering firm, the Boring Company caps off a wild 18-month ride with its first official government bid win. Yes, you heard that right: Only a year and a half ago, Musk joke-tweeted that he was done with LA traffic--and that he would buy a tunnel boring machine to dig his way out of the mess.
Elon Musk's Boring Company is coming to life. With a new website and a new video posted Friday, Musk revealed to the world what he envisions for the future of drivers. The video and site were unveiled just a day after a SpaceX employee gave the public a glimpse of Musk's first tunnel boring machine. It's the company's first video shared on YouTube, even though it created its channel earlier this month. Although the clip has no description, the video speaks for itself and shows The Boring Company tunnel project through a 3D rendering.
When Elon Musk announced on Dec. 10 that his tunneling venture, The Boring Company, would start selling flamethrowers after it ran out of hats, it was largely considered a joke from the man who has a sharp sense of humor. But he is also known for following through on a lot of things he says, and it turns out the flamethrower was no exception.
From its conception in LA traffic in late 2016, Elon Musk's Boring Company has had a simple vision: blasting torturous gridlock by putting people in tunnels. "Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…" the Twitter-loving Tesla and SpaceX CEO tweeted. Musk went ahead and bought that boring machine, then another, and he's using them to experiment with tunnel building techniques in Hawthorne, California, near SpaceX headquarters. And he's been pitching government officials on his approach. The Boring Company has proposed tunneling projects in Los Angeles, Maryland, Washington, DC, New York and Chicago.