LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – billionaire Ion Musk gave a brief public appearance late on Tuesday to unveil the first tunnel accomplished through his two-year transit project as an ambitious traffic treatment for Los Angeles.
But unlike some of the fuss that has come to them several months ago, free tours were not part of the grand opening.
In a 30-minute presentation published online, Musk described the recently completed 1.14-mile (1.83 km) tunnel sector as a major achievement in low-cost, low-speed drilling technology pioneered by Boring, the nascent tunnel company.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Music has announced the tunnel of proof as a first step towards developing a high-speed underground network capable of beating vehicles and pedestrians down the "devastating" life of America's second-largest city at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. But such a system still has a long way to go.
The new tunnel has been drilled along a path that does not pass through Los Angeles but under the nearby town of Hawthorne, where the headquarters of the Boring Company and the SpaceX missile company are based.
Misk, known as the president of Tesla for the manufacture of electric cars and energy company, launched his invasion of public transport after complaining on Twitter in December 2016 that traffic in Los Angeles was "driving me nuts", and then promised "to build a boring machine just start Drill ".
In May, the company gave the world a preview of the Hawthorne tunnel, and released a quick video of his inner camera with a camera running along the cylindrical corridor, which is about 12 feet (3.7 meters) in diameter.
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On Tuesday, Mosk set the final price for the final part at about $ 10 million, including the cost of drilling, internal infrastructure, lighting, ventilation, safety systems, communications and track.
He said the comparison by digging a kilometer from the tunnel using "conventional" engineering methods would cost $ 1 billion and would take three to six months to complete.
Faster than the snail?
Musk boasts many innovations in cutting costs, including high-power drilling machines, narrow tunneling, accelerating clearance of dirt, and simultaneous exploration and enhancement.
He also invoked his favorite comparison with the snail, a creature that said it moved 14 times faster than the speed of a typical jet. "We have to be a little faster than the snail," he said.
Masak did not say how long it took to dig his new tunnel, which ended up not tolerating a distance of 3.2 km originally requested by the company for the project.
But showed pre-recorded video footage of a modern-designed lift station designed to transport passengers from the street level to the underground tunnel entrance. The video included a modified Tesla X model on the lift.
When the "loop" system is fully operational, it consists of portable passenger and car platforms called "skis" that can pass through the tunnels through electricity as soon as they descend into an underground network.
He said that alternately, passenger cars could be equipped with retractable side wheels that allowed them to travel through the loop independently.
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Misk arrived at a Tuesday night event in a well-equipped Tesla car, stepping out of the car in a tunnel tunnel – dimming the green and blue interior lights – as a small enthusiastic crowd was chanted to make the show.
Mosk created a fuss earlier this year by promising free trips across the tunnel once he opened it. However, such tours were not at the conclusion of Tuesday night. The company's message, which was posted on the Internet in advance, said the subway flights "are made by invitation only," noting that "the demand is incredibly high."
If successful, the Hawthorne tunnel is conceived as eventually connected to a network of other tunnels, which will be built.
Last month Boring canceled plans for a 2.7-mile sector in Los Angeles's West Los Angeles neighborhood to settle claims by community groups opposed to the project.
But Musk said it was moving ahead with a proposed tunnel across the city to connect the Dodger Stadium, headquarters of the city's main baseball team, to the current subway line.
In June, Boring was chosen by Chicago to build a 17-mile underground transport system linking the city center to its main airport. The company also proposed the East Coast ring, which will be launched from Washington, DC, to the suburbs of Maryland.
(Edited by Bill Tarrant and Rosalba O'Brien)