Elon Musk announced that his Boring Co.’s first hyperloop test tunnel will open in less than two months. The IT services project is Musk’s grander vision to fight “soul-destroying traffic” where vehicles are lowered into underground tunnels in electric-powered elevators that would transport vehicles at high speed and in a cost-effective way.
The freshly released images from the Boring Co. confirm that the high-speed underground tunnels are quickly taking shape near SpaceX’s Hawthorne, CA headquarters. The images reveal a freshly painted tunnel in white and a shaft that’s being constructed on a private lot at 120th Street and Prairie Avenue, roughly at halfway point of the 2-mile test tunnel.
Prior to gaining permission for the construction of a “Loop Lift” garage-elevator system from Hawthorne’s city council, the tunneling startup company began construction of a tunnel entrance at the Space-X adjacent testing grounds, in 2017. Soon after that, a video was released showing a Tesla Model X zipping through a Boring Company tunnel.
The trial tunnel will have a top speed of 155 miles per hour and will offer free rides for the public on the next day of its inauguration on December 10th this year, tweeted the billionaire-entrepreneur Elon Musk. And unlike other traditional underground tunnels for passenger vehicles, the Boring Co.’s tunnels will be smaller by 50% in diameter which in turn cuts down 75% of time associated with digging, Musk said.
The trial is “an important part of the longer-term vision the company is trying to build,” said the Boring Company spokesperson Jane Labanowski.