Musk floors followers with The Boring Company's elevator skeleton, could be operational next week

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    A video of the Boring Company’s progress on its first transport tunnel came from an early morning Elon Musk tweet depicting its elevator skeleton.



    The elevator skeleton is the first step in creating elevators that will be used to lower vehicles down into the the tunnel for lightening-fast transport. A concept video released in April shows several Model S and Model X being lowered into the ground and bolting through the tunnel at close to 124 mph — a speed that would turn a 45 minute trip into a mere five minutes.

    With the elevator expected to be operational by as early as next week, it certainly seems that Musk and his team at The Boring Company are pushing ahead with all features the tunnels will provide. The Boring Company’s tunnel constructions have been considered practice for Musk and his team on eventual underground infrastructure needed for life outside of Earth — a goal detailed in Musk’s dissertation detailing his vision for making humans a multi-planetary species.

    According to the video, this could be the first of many elevators that gently lowers Tesla vehicles into the underground tunnel system. Once cars are underground and locked into their perspective sleds, a track system will transport the vehicle in a safe and efficient manner on the “electric skates”.

    The tweet comes just one day after The Boring Company officially broke ground in Los Angeles. Musk announced yesterday in a Tweet that “Godot,” the tunnel-boring mega machine named after a Samuel Beckett novel and play, had completed the first segment of the new tunnel.



    The first tunnel is routed from Los Angeles International Airport to Culver City, and is most likely the first step in Musk’s vision to build a network of tunnels spanning the entire city. Once in place, ideally this network would eliminate accidents and the stress of traffic, all the while providing a pleasant experience for a driver who can relax and enjoy being zipped to a destination.

    The Boring Company’s innovation can be considered a safer and out-of-the-box take on the driverless car revolution currently sweeping the U.S. automotive industry.

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  2. Cloxxki

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    Elevators are easy enough to build.
    Tunnel boring is an established business and engineering, at snail pace.

    Once they have a tunnel, will they already have the skateboards ready to shuttle cars, or will they just less cars drive through them? BEV only saves on air circulation costs.

    Curious to learn how they're getting on electrifying the boring machines. Would pure motor grunt speed up boring by much?
     
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    I am a huge Tesla fan. However, it is hard to see how this tunnel system will be able to move the volume of people that the freeways and mass transit do in a cost-effective way so as to appreciably solve traffic congestion. Would like to see throughput and cost per passenger analysis.
     
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    Rockets were an established engineering-based business too.
     
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    To speed up tunnel boring huge amount of energy should be applied by using explosions, fires and rockets like Russian rocket Katusha used during WWII, The surface of the tunnel will be burned soil, minimal amount of soil excavation and the smallest amount concrete.
     
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    Don't forget to factor in the lesser diameter of the Boring Company tunnels. Much of the decrease in cost and increase in speed of construction is expected to be a result of the smaller diameter.
     
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    I really cannot imaging how such a small tube could suffice as mass transportation. Perhaps transportation for an elite few.
     
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    Well, with high speed and automated merging, one "lane" would transport a good amount of sleds per hour. And with a good network of exits and elevators, you can get closer to a final destination while off the streets.
    City traffic is realistically, say 50kph. These sleds 200kph. Over 50 meters per second. That would fit, say, 5 sleds.
    How here is the kicker. If people carpool a pit, say special aero minibuses, 10 person average, 5 x 10 means 50 per second. 180,000 per hour. And they would spend just 1/4 the time from A to B. You can see, there is room to increase following distance and lower utilization per sled, and still be quite significant.

    So Elon thinks that by electrifying the drill, the progress could be sped up considerably. Perhaps that's true. Less issues with heat and exhaust, high torque possible. Relatively easy to build a super large motor with access to Tesla engineers and a near bottomless wallet.
     
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    I still do not get it. One sled enters the tunnel per minute. That is 60 people per hour. The NY City subway transports like 2 million people per day. There is a gap here I am not understanding.
     
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    60 cars per hour per elevator. Who's to say there aren't 2 or 3 elevators per location? Multiple stations for entry, and multiple stations for exit. It's not purely point to point, but multiple points along the line, each of which can put another car into the tube. You could expect say, 20 locations for entrance/exit in NY, and another 20 or so in the DC area, each of which may have 2-4 elevators. If 80 total on each side, that's 4,800 vehicles, which could carry between 1-5 people, depending on carpooling. Advantage is 1/4 the travel time, which means it will be utilized by those who can afford to pay for the privilege, or for those in a rush. It doesn't have to be the end-all solution for it to work well, it just has to be better than current alternatives. :)
     

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