A Peek Into Elon Musk’s Tunnel Vision
Technology enthusiast Elon Musk revealed the progress of his tunnel boring startup 'The Boring Company' in a video on Instagram. “Warning, this may cause motion sickness or seizures,” he writes on the post.
The 28 second video shows a test run of the company’s electric sled which is meant to transport cars at the speed of 200 kilometres per hour through underground tunnels.
Musk, who is based in Los Angeles, intends to lay a network of tunnels through greater LA in an effort to beat the traffic. He even promised that a 40-minute ride in normal traffic would take just 5 minutes. In fact, that is how the startup was conceived.
While the startup’s technological progress is in full swing, its progress with regulatory hurdles remains unclear. Ideally, the company would need approvals from the state’s transport department, environmental department and infrastructure department, to name a few.
In January, Musk was among the few big names in America’s technology sector to meet U.S. President Donald Trump regarding the country’s manufacturing and infrastructure needs. This meeting also included Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook and Alphabet Inc.’s Larry Page, among others. Trump’s remarks, since he took presidency, suggest that he will spend $1 trillion on infrastructure over the next 10 years.
Apart from The Boring Company and the well-known Tesla Inc., Musk has a number of other startups in place, such as SpaceX, Neuralink and Open AI.