Elon Musk Is Building A Tunnel Beneath LA Where You Can Hit 155mph

The Boring Company, controlled by Elon Musk, has given media previews of a tunnel beneath Los Angeles that could support 155mph car journeys

A tunnel has been started beneath Los Angeles that could allow self-driving cars to hit 155mph. Feel free to leave your Need for Speed: Underground jokes in the comments.

Elon Musk has unveiled that start of what he’s calling the Loop, built by the brand we can’t help but smile about every time we read its name: The Boring Company. It’s a 6000ft (1.1 miles) tunnel wide enough for a single vehicle to travel at up to 155mph. It’s also pretty Spartan. Try hanging a picture or two, Elon.

That’s still some way off, in truth. The track inside the first mile isn’t up to final specification and is far too bumpy even at the 40mph that guest media and disciples of Musk were chauffeured at during the Loop’s preview ceremony on 18 December. Plus, a mile isn’t long enough to safely get a typical 155mph-capable car up to and down from that speed anyway.

The principle involves modifying self-driving cars with extra wheels, much like shopping trolley casters, on each corner. These retract beneath the body when not in use but emerge when approaching the Loop and descending one of its lifts onto the track. The casters locate against the sides of the track and guide the car securely. Better hope they never break.

Elon Musk Is Building A Tunnel Beneath LA Where You Can Hit 155mph

With no pedestrians, no traffic jams, no junctions and no particular dangers to consider, the target is to run 4000 cars through the loop per hour at 155mph. The obvious point to make, here, is that not all self-driving cars will be able to achieve that speed. The system’s only options will be to slow all traffic following a dawdler down, or to deny slower cars access to the Loop altogether.

The 1.1-mile stretch cost $10 million, which, according to industry experts, is an absolute steal. Being so relatively narrow means the structural challenges and safety considerations for the ground/property above it are vastly reduced.

Musk’s intention is to keep boring until the tunnel reaches right across the city and has access points throughout. Lifts at each end destination will take cars back to street level where they can drive away having just saved – potentially – hours on their journey. Initial public operation is targeted for 2019.


GTRTURTLE 🔰 🐢(Oo \ S K Y L I N E / oO) (Koen

With how experimental this currently is, I imagine that this will turn into an unintentional crash test tunnel for cars when issues occur

12/20/2018 - 14:29 |
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Do you think the cars have manual control in the tunnel??

12/20/2018 - 16:14 |
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GTRTURTLE 🔰 🐢(Oo \ S K Y L I N E / oO) (Koen

Imagine if your car caught fire down here

Oh boi

12/20/2018 - 14:32 |
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BenPaye(JDMSquad)(MX5Squad)(LFAsquad)(Subie Squad) (Rotary F

In reply to by GTRTURTLE &#x1…

Ah the positive comments! 😂

12/20/2018 - 14:33 |
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Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

This should be interesting, seeing as America doesn’t really have a stretch of road like the Autobahn

12/20/2018 - 14:34 |
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I mean the closest we have is the TX-130 going around Austin. No one cares how fast you go there

12/20/2018 - 14:50 |
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Bonneville salt flats

12/20/2018 - 16:52 |
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AAA Insurance

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

puts on hazmat and pressure suit

12/20/2018 - 14:38 |
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AAA Insurance

ok yea but remember the tesla factories! think about the workers!! 😤

and he should spend it on something i decide, because im very veru imporntant and smarter than the bad elon man!!! #notmyceo

12/20/2018 - 14:45 |
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and too fast!! ! will break!

12/20/2018 - 14:48 |
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RWB Dude

But why? Its useless! You could crash and cause a huge pileup and what if your car breaks down? How would you get out of the tunnel? It seems to narrow to allow cars going that fast

12/20/2018 - 15:00 |
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How would one crash if one isn’t driving themselves?

All tunnels all over the world have dedicated escape routes by law.

Did it touch the wall? No? Then it ain’t too narrow. If it fits at 1mph it fits at 150mph also.

12/20/2018 - 16:16 |
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Martin Burns


12/20/2018 - 17:01 |
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White Comet

Well, if Californians learn to not slowly hog on the fast lane , we would have the fast lane available “up stairs” for EVERYONE who is driving fast….

Go to UK and Germany to see most people actually leave the fast lane for faster cars, makes me feel like California roads are flooded with idiots.

oh jeezzee….

12/20/2018 - 17:15 |
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No thanks, ill use the normal roads instead

12/20/2018 - 17:27 |
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Jason 9

Small tunnel in an earthquake city? No thanks

12/20/2018 - 19:32 |
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