Boring Company founder Elon Musk proposes 150 MPH tunnel rides for $1

No talk of flamethrowers this time around.

  • Published: May 18, 2018 3:47 PM IST

The Boring Company in its latest Information Session looked much beyond just flamethrowers as founder Elon Musk proposed tunnel rides in big cities at 150 miles per hour for as little as $1.

Elon Musk and project leader Steve Davis offered an underground solution to the traffic situation in all major cities with their underground alternative for other types of transport. They didn’t miss the opportunity to mention how “flying taxis” like the proposed Uber Elevate, could pose a lot of danger and noise. Musk commented, “we’re not suggesting this to the exclusion of other approaches.”

Earlier in the evening Musk had retweeted the LA Metro tweet where it was mentioned that it was partnering with The Boring Company on a test. Following this, Elon Musk elaborated at the event that his concept in-city Loop will be used to ferry 16 passengers at a time for a fare of only $1 (around Rs 65). The tunnels would be small and no bigger than parking size, located throughout the city.

You can check out the whole session here:

One of the problems about this plan seemed to be the digging of the tunnels which Musk admits is rather slow at the moment. The present speed is about 0.003 MPH and Musk has apparently asked the company to speed up things to reach a snail’s digging pace, which is 0.03 MPH with the final target being a tenth of the walking speed of humans.

Tests for the inter city Hyperloop project has already taken place which shows promising results at speeds much higher than the ones here. But the concept here is on a much smaller scale and would require testing of its own. The biggest issue on the mind of the developers is at what speed would the passengers inside start feeling uncomfortable.

  • Published Date: May 18, 2018 3:47 PM IST