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Elon Musk video touts test of speedy tunnel transit system

14 May 2017

Tesla (TSLA) founder Elon Musk just released video of a test drive of the elect sled.

And finally here's the company's "electric sled", which will "transport cars at 125 miles per hour (200 km/h) through tunnels", in action.

Elon Musk has given a glimpse into the underground network of tunnels he's building to help people avoid travelling through LA traffic.

In constructing the tunnels, Musk's company will face one obvious barrier: California's predisposition for earthquakes.

"The race between Gary, our pet snail who lives in a pineapple, and Godot, our tunnel boring machine, begins soon!" Sounds fun, right? Watch that video again and tell me how ready you are to be the first to have your face peeled off in one of Musk's tunnels. Godot, he said, would be the name of the Boring Company's first big piece of equipment. Another Instagram post shows the segments are already in the final assembly stages. He says the full length of the first tunnel will go from the Los Angeles International Airport "to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood and Sherman Oaks".

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Considering that President Donald Trump has selected Musk as one of his strategic and policy forum advisors, however, Musk is in a good position to propose and conduct ambitious projects like The Boring Company.

During his TED talk last month, Musk said that he wanted to increase the speed of the machine by over ten-fold from digging about 300 feet per week to up to 1 mile per week.

The company's first boring machine, called Godot, is now being installed at the mouth of the tunnel. His plans are for a connected web of high-speed tunnel freeways deep underneath Los Angeles.

The ongoing effort is a part of Musk's new company called The Boring Company that aims at fixing the problem of traffic jams.

Elon Musk video touts test of speedy tunnel transit system