Elon Musk: All Boring Company Tunnels and Hyperloop to Service Pedestrians and Cyclists First, Cars Later
Elon Musk is recalibrating his plans for the tunnels his company, The Boring Company, will dig to service the Hyperloop transit system. According to Musk, his tunnel-digging company will prioritize pedestrians and cyclists over cars. There’s still a plan to service and transport cars, but that plan has taken a back seat a new plan that will service those who can’t afford a car first.
Route Between Cleveland and Chicago Under Consideration for a Hyperloop Route
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has become the first company of its kind to sign a cross-state deal to develop a functional interstate Hyperloop system. The company signed agreements with the North Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) and Illinois’ Department of Transportation (IDOT) to develop a feasibility study that could pave the way in developing a Hyperloop network from Cleveland, Ohio to Chicago, Illinois.
Elon Musk Got the Green Light for The Boring Company to Start Digging in Washington DC
Elon Musk’s Boring Company has received an excavation permit to start digging tunnels in Washington D.C. for Musk’s much-ballyhooed Hyperloop. According to The Washington Post, the Boring Company’s permit will allow it to do preparatory and excavation work at a parking lot located at 53 New York Avenue NE, which is a stone’s throw away from the District’s booming NoMA neighborhood.
Elon Musk’s Flamethrowers Net $5M In Presales, ATF Won’t Regulate But California Politician Looks To Issue Ban
Elon Musk’s latest venture, The Boring Company, is offering up presales on a new branded “flamethrower,” accumulating some 10,000 orders in just two days. Musk promises the device is legal and not eligible for regulation by the ATF, but one California politician doesn’t want them in the Golden State.
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Flamethrowers And Autopilot – Potentially Very Dangerous, But That’s A Good Thing
Those of us living here in the U.S. like to think we enjoy a good amount of leeway when it comes to self-determination and the way in which we live our lives. That includes the freedom to enjoy potentially dangerous activities, like driving a race car, or shooting a gun, or skydiving. And thanks to Elon Musk’s various ventures, we can add the convenience of the Tesla Autopilot feature and the fun of firing off a $500 flamethrower to the list. Unfortunately, there are still some individuals out there who demand hand-holding.
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Electric Cars and Flamethrowers: Elon Musk’s Latest Product is On Fire!
If for nothing else, Elon Musk is proving himself to be the ultimate capitalist. The loquacious owner of Tesla, NeuraLink, and The Boring Company will sell you on any product or idea he’s passionate about. It doesn’t matter if its artificial intelligence, space exploration, or autonomous vehicle technology; if Musk believes in something, the man will go to great lengths to pursue it. Apparently, Musk is also passionate about flamethrowers. Why else would he start selling them through The Boring Company? Yes, for $500 of your hard-earned money, Elon Musk will give you an actual flamethrower.
The Boring Company Releases a Map Showing Potential Tunnel Routes Under Los Angeles
Just a few months after receiving approval to begin tunneling from the SpaceX parking lot into Los Angeles, Elon Musk and The Boring Company have released a map that shows a conceptual layout for tunnels throughout the city. None of this is official and will require approval from Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles, and other city Governments in the county area, but serve as a basis for feedback from said governments and the public. This could be our first real preview as to what the layout of the tunneling system will be like upon completion. Let’s take a better look at it!
Elon Musk Hopes to Connect O’Hare International to Downtown Chicago via High-Speed Loop
Elon Musk’s The Boring Company is going to submit a bid to fund, develop, and operate a high-speed transit system in Chicago. The decision comes in response to the local government’s request for proposals from applicants who are interested in designing, building, financing, operating, and maintaining a transit system that connects Chicago O’Hare Airport to the city’s downtown area, delivering passengers between the two points in 20 minutes or less
Hyperloop One Gets a New Name and Another Elite Investor
If you didn’t think Hyperloop One had a serious chance of doing something amazing for the transportation world, well you better think again, as it just got a new vote confidence and a new investor. That investor is none other than Virgin Group founder, Richard Branson, another billionaire industrialist that resides somewhere in the same level of playership as Elon Musk. With this investment, Branson not only gives his seal of approval and confidence for the company but also finds himself sitting as a member of the board of directors and even brought about a name change too: Virgin Hyperloop One.
Now, there’s no word as to how much Branson has actually invested, but you know It’s a pretty significant amount of cheddar if the company is being rebranded to include “Virgin” in the name. And, whether or not the company even needed the investment remains to be seen, considering the fact that it has recently announced receiving $85 million in financing, which brings its grand total up to $245 million. Its total valuation is approaching 10-figure numbers at this point, but it should be pointed out that somehow this company has managed to suck up truckloads of cash without any type of product, revenue stream, proof of safety, or even government approval. So, let’s just say that there are a lot of people out there hoping that “Virgin HyperLoop One” is as successful as it’s been played up to eventually be.
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Take a Quick Look at What it will be like to Travel at High Speed in Elon Musk’s HyperLoop!
One could argue that Elon Musk is the world’s best guru when it comes to revolutionizing the way we transport our weak, frail bodies from point A to point B. He’s pretty much the man responsible for the EV craze that has swept the world and led some markets to consider banning non-EVs altogether, simply by showing that long-range electric cars are possible. He’s also got some other crazy ideas that have, so far, proven to be on their way to being just as successful as the Tesla brand. Of course, I’m talking about building hyperloops for faster travel and digging tunnels to combat traffic congestion. Should both prove to be successful, Musk will have successfully rewritten the book on high-speed travel and mass transit at the same time. Talk about trying to find your way into the history books, huh? Like most people with outrageous and groundbreaking ideas, he has been met with a lot of skepticism, but as it turns out, everything continues to fall into place as it should. And now, some students over in Germany, have shown us what 200 mph will be like inside one of these crazy Hyperloop tunnels.
Of course, this is a small demonstration, and the WARR pod used to make the run isn’t exactly the real McCoy. It’s quite a bit smaller, but assumingly to scale, and a preview of what we can expect – to a point. See, Musk speculates that his Hyperloop tunnel will be able to transport folks like you and I and speeds of up to 800 mph. Let me say that again… 800 MPH! Now, that’s fast. So fast, in fact, that it beats out the cruising speed of a Boeing 747 by nearly 200 mph. So, keep that in mind when you watch the video below. 200 MPH looks pretty damn fast, but increase the speed by a factor of four, and you’ll really see what kind of insane speeds we’re talking about. Musk says it will be safe, but just imagine one of those pods dislodging at 800 MPH – now that’s a scary accident from which the likelihood of surviving is pretty slim.
Elon Musk Receives Official Approval for The Boring Company’s First Tunnel under L.A., but it Doesn’t Mean what you Think
I just brought you news about the potential opportunity to pilot the tunnel-digging beast that is Godot, assuming you have enough friends who want a Model S or Model X – and your opportunity might take place under the streets of Los Angeles. As of the morning of August 29, Elon Musk has received official approval from Los Angeles City Council to begin extending the tunnel he begun on SpaceX’s property a total of two miles. The council approved his request with a 4-1 vote (who really downvoted this, seriously?) and have authorized a two-mile stretch of tunnel below 120th street, effectively connecting the SpaceX car elevator to Hawthorne Boulevard by the time everything is said and done. It’s not all fun and games, though, and it could prove to be challenging as there is at least one requirement that The Boring Company must follow.
All told, Godot can do its thing under 120th under the stipulation that the surface area above doesn’t subside by more than half of an inch in any place. There’s no word as to what will happen should such a thing take place, but one has to assume that digging will be halted until a solution can be put in place and a new plan devised to prevent such a thing from occurring in the future. On the plus side, the tunnel will be dug at a depth of 44 feet below ground, which means city residents shouldn’t hear any of the construction, see construction crews, or have their lives interrupted in any way, shape, or form – assuming 120th doesn’t collapse into a massive man-made trench, that is. And, to prove a point, Musk has already released a photo of a Model S sitting inside the tunnel at its very first entry point. Check out the photo and learn a little more about it below.
Refer your Homies to Tesla, and You Might Get to Drive Godot, Elon Musk’s Prized Tunnel Digger
If you’ve been paying attention for the last few years, you know Elon Musk has a funny way of driving sales, generating money, and enticing customers. When it comes to money, the man might as well have a key to Fort Knox, and with Tesla’s referral program, he’s coming up with ways that really make you want to push your friends to jump on the EV bandwagon. As reported by Teslarati, Tesla’s newest incentive, which is currently called “Secret Level Two,” allows members of the referral program to give five more of your friends unlimited supercharging and $1,000 off of a new Model X or Model S. But, that’s not all, if all five of those people take delivery, you’ll get the chance to drive Godot and will get unlimited bragging rights to remind all of your friends that you got to take part in digging holes under cities like Los Angeles – where Musk just recently received official approval to start his mass transit tunnel.
So, get enough people to spend some $80,000 on a Tesla, and you could take place in a piece of history should Musk’s tunneling system really work out. Who knows, maybe he’ll even be nice enough to let you engrave your initials inside one of the tunnels or sign your name on Godot somewhere for the world to see. Right now, however, Godot is at rest, hibernating some 15 feet below the surface of Tesla’s parking lot in Hawthorne, California – the site of Musk’s test hole and what undoubtedly led to him getting the interest of some city officials in making his transit system a reality. Musk has even been quoted by other publications as saying “I’ve been down there on the machine and it’s mind-blowing.” Hard to believe for a machine that quite literally craws through the earth like a big earth worm, but how often do you get to take part in digging a tunnel with a beast of a machine like Godot? Check out the “Secret Level 2” alerts below and learn a little more about The Boring Company.
Believe it or Not, SpaceX has Helped Tesla in a Big Way
So, Tesla just had its second-quarter earnings call for 2017 with all the suits that want to know what’s cracking. One of the most important aspects of the call was the Tesla has delivered 47,000 vehicles in the first half of 2017, and another was that the Model Y would, indeed, be built using the same underpinnings as the Model 3 instead of an all-new platform. But there was another interesting tidbit of information mentioned during the call, all thanks to some curious investors during the Q&A portion of the call. Since Elon Musk is Wonderboy and runs all different kinds of companies, including SpaceX, investors were curious as to how innovation at SpaceX could be applied to Tesla, and sure enough, the truth comes out. SpaceX innovation has already helped Tesla in a big way, ultimately shaving eight hours off of the production time for each and every vehicle – now that’s some serious savings because, you know, time is money. So, how did SpaceX lend a helping hand to sister company Tesla?
Well, unfortunately, it has nothing to do with strapping a Falcon 9 rocket to a Model S and breaking the land-speed record or sending an autonomous car into low-earth orbit. But, it did arise from the need to determine the quality of a specific object – a process that apparently took eight hours per vehicle to complete. The object in question is an aluminum casting. We’re not sure what the casting is for, but it’s apparently quite important. So, Tesla decided to reach out to SpaceX, since SpaceX knows all about that kind of thing, and the SpaceX team was able to hook Tesla up with the ultrasonic sensors that enable much faster inspection time. Now, if that’s not sharing innovation, I don’t know what is. Keep reading to learn a little more.
Verbal Approval Means the First Hyperloop One Tunnel Could be on the East Coast
Elon Musk moves at about the speed of light these days, with new ideas and companies popping up one after another. He’s, of course, got Tesla, The Boring Company, Hyperloop One, SpaceX, and Neuralink, to name a few. Where this man gets his energy from alone is a complete mystery, but I certainly want some of what he’s drinking. The biggest hype lately has fallen between two companies – Hyperloop One and Space X. Space X is doing big things with launches and landings, and meanwhile, Hyperloop One just completed its first successful test run. Not that long ago, a list of potential Hyperloop One routes was released that included several from across the U.S. but more than 30 from across the globe. It was looking like the U.S. might not even see the first one, and if we did, it would likely be a 488-mile loop between Chicago and Pittsburgh or a 640-mile loop that covers the Texas Triangle. Now, Elon Musk has taken to twitter, ultimately claiming to have received verbal approval to build one right on the East Coast.
The track in question would connect New York City, to Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C., at their city centers with up to a dozen elevators for entry in each city. This would, of course, be an underground route and would put The Boring Company to work for quite some time while construction was in progress. Of course, Musk also had to make it a point to say he got that verbal approval in just 29 minutes. Tooting his own horn aside, that’s a pretty admirable accomplishment, but it’s still a long way from making the first Hyperloop track a reality. So, with that in mind, this track would revolutionize travel in one of the busiest corridors of the nation, but I wouldn’t start selling off your car, bus pass, or frequent flyer miles just yet.
The Boring Company is Already Working On Passenger Shuttles
At this point, we all know that Elon Musk is going to take over the world, right? Okay, maybe not really, but he is all about new, innovative ideas. His latest idea involves tunneling his way through the world to create a fast way for people to get from point A to point B. So far, we’ve covered The Boring Company from Musk’s initial plan to tunnel all the way up to the new staging area for his new tunnel digger that was showed off just a few weeks ago. Initially, the idea was to fill these tunnels with sleds that would propel cars at high speeds. Well, it looks like he’s been busy coming up with other ways to use the tunnel, as The Boring Company has finally released a set of images that depict a passenger transport car.
The pictures went up on the company’s website without any additional information about the pods, but as you can see, they are pretty basic. They’ll likely ride atop the same sleds that cars will, and will likely have room for 10 to 12 people to ride at a time. Ideally, these passenger transport cars, or pods, will live mostly below ground where they zoom from one point to another, but they will occasionally come above ground for loading and unloading at designated stops. Like the car sleds, they should be able to travel safely at speeds of up to 125 mph, and according to Musk, will be able to travel from LAX to Westwood in no more than six minutes.
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Elon Musk’s Tunnel System Slowly Comes to Life
Back when Elon Musk started posting on social media about digging his own tunnels, everyone thought he was just ranting about traffic and joking around. Then, not that long afterward, he began digging a tunnel in SpaceX’s parking lot, and we saw an image of his first boring machine – now called Godot – shortly after delivery. Things have been rather quiet since someone over at SpaceX posted that early image of Godot a couple of weeks ago, but Elon has taken it upon himself to show us just how serious he really is.
What was once considered to be a company of just “a few engineers and interns” has apparently grown substantially in a short period. Unless, of course, Musk has been working those poor people 24/7. See in just a couple short weeks, The Boring Company hasn’t only put together the staging area for the first tunnel but has also put Godot into position and has begun putting it to use. Musk even posted a picture of their pet Slug (Gary) and said a race is about to be underway. So what’s next? Well, the first full-length tunnel will run from LAX to Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks, with plans to eventually cover all of Los Angeles in the future. Curious to know what it will look like cruising through one of these tunnels? Keep reading to see a video of an electric sled – what will transport cars through the tunnels, being put to the test.
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So, Elon Musk Really is Serious About Making Tunnels
Back in December, WonderBoy Elon Musk – the man behind business ventures like Tesla, Space X, and Neuralink – announced on Twitter that he was tired of traffic and that he was going to start digging tunnels. He later said that he would call it “The Boring Company.” Well, as it turns out, it looks like he wasn’t kidding. A Space X employee posted the image you see above to Instagram a few days ago that shows a new tunnel boring machine sporting Elon’s “The Boring Company” logo on the side. The post has since been removed, but not before we, and the rest of the internet got our hands on it.
It was just a couple of months ago that Bloomberg reported Musk’s building of a demo tunnel in the SpaceX parking lot, and that it would serve as the basis for his underground network. But, that’s just the start, as plan includes as many as “30 levels of tunnels” that could be used by cars or even Hyperloop, should that project continue to go according to plan. Musk has already claimed the rights to “BoringCompany.com,” but if he really wants to see his plan go beyond the SpaceX parking lot, he’ll have to comply with rules set forth by Los Angeles, the State of California, and all federal regulations. Needless to say, when you take permits, surveys, equipment, and manpower into consideration, it’s going to be one expensive project. Will it actually happen? Only time will tell, but he’s obviously well on his way.