Elon Musk's The Boring Company held the official opening ceremony of the first demonstration city tunnel for fast underground travel. In the two years since the idea was announced, absolutely everything has changed - the concept, the estimate, the principle of movement through the tunnel, its purpose and location. Only the optimism of the author of the project, Elon Musk, and his belief in the imminent creation of an extended network of similar structures around the world remained unchanged.
The demonstration tunnel is only 1.83 km long, its entrance is located at the headquarters of the company, in the Hawthorne area (Los Angeles), and the exit was arranged on the territory of a private household, specially purchased for this purpose. In fact, “entrance” and “exit” are conventional concepts - in essence, these are two deep concrete wells with elevators, where an electric car enters, after which it descends onto the platform and moves through the tunnel. It is so narrow that the traffic here is only one-way and it is impossible to turn around in it. On the other hand, the impact on the ground, crushed by the weight of the city skyscrapers at the top, during the construction of the tunnel was minimal.
To move through the tunnel, a system of four bogies with fasteners for the wheels of an electric vehicle is used. The car is securely fixed in them and cannot maneuver, but this allows it to accelerate to 250 km / h, which cannot be done on a normal street. The ideal way to get around a traffic jam is practically "teleportation at a cost of $ 10 per ride, " the inventor argues. True, the fuel, and in this case the energy from the batteries, is wasted. Elon Musk emphasizes that the system is not tied to Tesla models, here you can use any electric car, even a bicycle, or put seats for passengers.
The technology is simple, safe, and can be applied anywhere in the city. And due to the lack of central control and rolling stock, it is possible to form an arbitrarily complex and extended system architecture. The pace of movement along it and the mode of operation is determined by the consumers themselves - you just need to control the sequence of movement along the tunnel in both directions. Minimal maintenance costs and great benefits for all residents of metropolitan areas.