It hasn’t been a whole month since Elon Musk announced that the Boring Company’s car elevator steel framework has been installed. Just weeks after he revealed that Boring progression, he is now back for a more visually convincing post. Musk has graced us with the very first testing video of the Boring tunnel’s car elevator located next to the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Why a tunnel and a car elevator is the way to go
Looking at the Boring Company’s grand idea of having a subterranean transit system, proving that a car elevator works don’t seem to be all that glorious at all. But, in fact, this elevator system is a key feature of the whole transportation scheme. It will ultimately serve as the entrance and exit points of all vehicles that will be using the Boring tunnel. Instead of bothering himself with the task of constructing new infrastructure systems to provide end to end entry/exit to the tunnels, Musk and his Boring team opted for the elevator approach.
From the test video he posted, the car elevator is very simple in principle. Cars would simply slide onto to the elevator platform and the system would gradually descend down to bring the vehicle and its passengers to the underworld of futuristic travel. And it’s not just cars or conventional vehicles the Boring Company is designing the tunnel for. Although there’s no official announcement from Musk or the Boring team, the transit pod concept has also been circulating online with the Boring Company as the main source.
[Image Source: The Boring Company]
By now, if you’ve been closely keeping up with Elon Musk’s works, you would know that this tunnel project is aimed to greatly improve the prevalent traffic conditions of congested cities. But why a tunnel? What’s the logic in all of this? According to the Boring Company’s website, an underground approach is much preferable than conceptualizing solutions up in the air.
“To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3D, which means either flying cars or tunnels. Unlike flying cars, tunnels are weatherproof, out of sight and won’t fall on your head. A large network of tunnels many levels deep would fix congestion in any city, no matter how large it grew (just keep adding levels)”.
Considering that Musk only formulated the Boring tunnel idea last December 2016, the transition from concept to paper and to reality is truly impressive. Especially because this unprecedented project has never been attempted before. With the completion of the first segment of the Boring tunnel in LA last month, Musk has also recently received a verbal approval from the US government to build an underground Hyperloop that will New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and DC. The Boring Company founder said it will only take a total of 29 minutes to get from New York to DC. Surely Musk and his team are already nose-deep on their drawing boards with this latest project. However, seeing the first layer of the Boring tunnel, with all its key component like the car elevator in full operational mode would be an incredible feat of achievement in the realm of ultrafast transportation. Of course, it would take some time to get to that stage but with the speed Musk and his team are working at, we can positively hope that this futuristic transit will happen in our lifetime.