Elon Musk's new boring company aims to build 30 levels of tunnels for cars and Hyperloop

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  1. Teslarati Bot

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    Elon Musk confirmed that he really is starting to a new tunneling company and as with many of his other side projects, it’s starting right there at SpaceX. He shed new light on the project yesterday in an interview with Bloomberg, announcing that the venture will be an independent venture aimed at building vast underground transportation networks for cars and high speed trains such as the Hyperloop.

    What’s in a Name?

    Musk’s sense of humor is evident in the list of potential names for the company, Elon even going so far as to consider trolling Toys “R” Us in suing: “My other idea was to call it Tunnels R Us and to essentially troll Toys “R” Us into filing a lawsuit,” the slightly deranged CEO cackled. In my mind, he’s channeling Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. “Now we’ve decided to troll AT&T instead! We’re going to call it American Tubes and Tunnels.”

    Ultimately, he settled on The Boring Company which in and of itself is loaded with wordplay. Even the acronym is funny, rocking a big TBC, or To Be Continued, which is comical on more than a few levels with Musk always dreaming up, starting and delivering on yet another completely disruptive idea in a disparate industry.

    To kick off this rather mundane company, Elon and SpaceX have a leader in charge but no full time staff though it has secured a domain over at BoringCompany.com.

    New Details on The Dig

    Elon shed some light on the team’s intentions with the original dig, stating that the only reason it started there is because they already own the land and wouldn’t need any additional permits to get started. In parallel to the on-site construction, a team is working to secure the necessary permits to extend the initial tear in the earth beyond the property lines of SpaceX.

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    The initial hole will evolve into a sort of ramp that will ultimately serve as the point of entry for a full sized boring machine to get down around 50 feet down which is necessary to avoid gas, sewer and other infrastructure that sits closer to the surface.

    But where is it going? Musk and team have not shared any details on the actual destination of the tunnel. With Musk’s ideas and pension for getting things started, there’s likely a team of undergrad interns locked away in the basement of SpaceX mapping out the nuts and bolts of the tunneling solution including where this initial stretch will actually go.

    To Infinity and Beyond

    Elon didn’t just kick this team off to buy a tunneling machine and to dig a hole though they did buy an off-the-shelf boring machine. To get the project started and to really dig into the possibilities of tunnels, a used boring machine, dubbed Nessie, was purchased for pennies on the dollar, not so much to dig the hole, but to get the team grounded in the technology.

    From there, Elon has full confidence that the speed of boring can be improved 5-10x which is based more on a first principles analysis of the technology than actual experience tunneling not that a lack of industry experience has ever stopped Elon in the past, having already transformed the online banking industry with Paypal, the entire automotive industry with Tesla and rocketry with SpaceX.

    Disruption

    Ever the mad scientist, Elon seems to thrive on change, seeing the possibility through the stagnation…or maybe because of it. The moment he sat in LA traffic just a few minutes (or hours) too long was enough to prompt him to get off his butt and start digging a tunnel. Not that he has a lot of idle time to sit around twiddling his thumbs, but hey, LA traffic does strange things to all of us.

    Looking more broadly at urban transportation, even Tesla + Hyperloop will have a tough time solving the problem if we are bound to the surface. Peeling back the crust reveals almost endless volumes of space to play with and Elon hopes to do just that, even talking of certain areas having 30 layers of tunnels which to the unimaginative minds of the masses is incomprehensible.

    Whether or not Musk’s latest machination will make it off the property of SpaceX is yet to be seen but one thing is for certain - the fuse that is Elon Musk has been lit and he is going to make an honest effort at leveling up the way we get around town by taking us all underground.

    Source: Bloomberg

    Article: Elon Musk unpacks details about his new boring company
     
  2. JRDM

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    Maybe this is his thing but I hope he can keep tabs on his other interests to make sure they don't cause grief and erode his public goodwill.

    For example, Tesla can't keep spare collision parts in stock for the low volume Model S, the oldest car in their current line-up, but they want to tell us they can ramp up to hundreds of thousands of cars a year of a new model in a year or two. I know someone that's been without his model S for two months now for want of parts, such as bumpers and body sheet metal. Right now, *rivets* are backordered and the only reason the shop can't finish the car. They're apparently special to the car.
     
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  3. Mark Schaffer

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    I know "someone" as well. Care to be specific.
     
  4. JRDM

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    I shouldn't name people without their permission. He's not the only one complaining about spare parts problem. If I knew the name of the collision shop, I'd give it.
     
  5. Mark Schaffer

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    I will wait for a credible journalist with sources then.
     
  6. Mergoscia

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    I do not know the journalist. So I do not know the journalist is credible or not. The story however could be credible. Heard the same in Europe.
    And with that bearing in mind I can understand the frustrations of owners when Elon Musk is dreaming again and effectiffely beginning new projects, while practical things are not (yet) arranged.
     

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