Elon Musk's Boring Company has recommitted to building a network of high-speed transport tunnels, including a Hyperloop vacuum-tube supersonic transport system between New York and Washington DC, which it claims will whisk people from A to B at 600mph in a vacuum tube. Having originally spawned the idea, releasing plans for the cross between a "Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table" in a 57-page document free for others to verify and build on, Musk announced his intentions in July saying he had verbal approval from the government to build a New York to DC Hyperloop. Officials from Maryland, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York, Baltimore, Washington DC, the US Congress and others said Musk didn't have approval. But the White House said it had had "promising conversations" with Musk about the developing technology, which has yet to be proven viable for a public transport system. Now the Boring Company has further detailed its plans, which include an underground network of tunnels for both short and long-distance travel, similar to a modernised and higher-speed version of the London Underground and other city metro systems.
Elon Musk might finally be ready to make Hyperloop, the high-speed tubular transportation tech he dreamed up back in 2013, a reality on his own terms. A source "close to Musk" told Bloomberg that the Boring Company CEO will move forward with plans to build his own Hyperloop system inside the underground tunnels planned to beat traffic in LA and the East Coast. The new report is the first claim that Musk will actually build his own Hyperloop track, which could be a blow to the other companies in the field. A Boring Company spokesman told Mashable via email that it will include Hyperloop technology in its tunnels, but stopped short of confirming what Bloomberg's source claimed. Musk recently set the news cycle buzzing when he tweeted out claims that he received "verbal government approval" to build a network of tunnels connecting major cities on the East Coast.
A rendering of a "skate" vehicle designed to carry passengers through Boring Company tunnels. This design, planned for a project connecting Chicago with O'Hare Airport, resembles the type of vehicle planned for a Los Angeles test tunnel scheduled to open in December. Elon Musk tweeted that his Boring Company will unveil a stretch of a rapid-transit tunnel under Los Angeles to the public on Dec. 10. What the company has previously termed a "test tunnel" in the southern suburb of Hawthorne, between downtown LA and Torrance, demonstrates the company's "Loop" system. People are whisked through the system's tunnels at up to 150 miles per hour.
Eccentric billionaire Elon Musk caused a stir today when he posted a progress photo of the Boring Company's underground tunnel being constructed at the SpaceX headquarters just outside of Los Angeles -- complete with a Tesla Model S sitting at the mouth of the tunnel. The photo revealed, finally, just how gigantic the Boring Company's tunnel actually is. Part of the long term plan is to have cars lowered down into the tunnel by a massive lift. The cars will then be pushed onto a magnetic platform that will transport vehicles on a rail at speeds of up to 124 mph. Musk has high hopes for the tunnel his company is digging.