Elon Musk shows off his Boring tunnel
Elon Musk shows off his Boring tunnel
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Elon Musk shows off his Boring tunnel

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[MUSIC] I've lived in LA for 16 years and traffic has gone from just like 7th level of hell to 8th level of hell. You know, it's terrible. Finally, finally, finally, there's something that I think it solved God damn traffic problem. [APPLAUSE] These are white tunnels. You know, some of these people says ahwat about some flying cars and all these sort of things? I wanna be clear, we're not opposed to mass transit, we think mass transit is fine. Like let's try every solution posible. But the thing about tunnels is that you can go 3D underground. The inherent problem with the way cities are constructed is that you've got all these tall buildings that are in 3D and then a road network in 2D. Necessarily this will result in traffic. There's no way around it. You have to make Transport 3D. You could go with a flying car, but there are also drawbacks to flying cars. Essentially it's a helicopter with wheels. And they make a lot of noise. There's a lot of wind force. And the probability of something falling on your head if there are a bunch of flying cars around is much higher. Than if there are not. The great thing about tunnels is that there's no limit how deep you can go. They're weather proof. That's the other thing about flying cars, if there's snow or rain or hurricane or something. Something that you can't go anywhere. But tunnels are immune to weather. It does not matter if there is a tornado. It doesn't matter if there's an ice storm. It doesn't matter what's going on above ground. If you're in a tunnel, you're safe and secure. So you will not hear, see, or feel the tunnels being created. You can weave the orange system tunnel network into the fabric of a city without changing the character of the city. You will have this revolutionary transport system and your city will still feel like your city. So what's the problem with tunnels? They usually take a very long time to build and their very expensive It costs up to $1,000,000,000 per mile. In fact, the LA subway extension that just got completed costs $2,000,000,000 for two and a half miles, so clearly something needs to be done to revolutionize tunneling technology. We need to be able to build tunnels way faster, and for a hell of a lot less money. Bizarre snail. This is Gary the sixth. [SOUND] Yeah, it turns out snails don't live that long. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] So, this is Gary the sixth. [LAUGH] When are we going to increase the speed of tunneling? Any given hour of tunneling, only about ten minutes of the hour is spent actually digging Then the other 50 minutes are spent erecting the tunnel reinforcements, laying down tracks, doing logistics and a bunch of other stuff. So Just automating the segment placement and solving the logistics issues will actually give you about a five fold increase. > in tunneling speed. Would that designer also triple the power of the drone, that results in a theoretical net speed increase of about fifteen compared to the next best tunneling machine. Hopefully we'll beat our snail. So, aspirationally, we should be slightly faster than a snail After doing those things. And we have [LAUGH] three tunnel products, one is the loop that is for transportation pods and we guys will try it out later today and that's a transport tunnel. And, we're also seeing a lot of interest in just utility tunnels where A municipality can get a big tunnel and then put water mains and electricity lines inside the tunnel. And then they can actually service like water main break. Instead of it flooding the main street in the city, they can actually go into the Boring Company tunnel and fix the water main. But this fundamentally is what we're trying to solve. We've all been there many, many times. We must solve this great traffic situation. So the loop that we're talking about, it consists of the combination of autonomous electric vehicles With a deployable guide wheels so that it braces itself against the side of the tunnel so that its safe even if the car loses power or even if somebody goes crazy or there's a mechanical failure those guide wheels keep the car centered in the tunnel. And show that you can go through the tunnel very fast and still be safe. But the thing about Going 3D is that you could have 16 tunnels going in the same direction. So you could have as many tunnels as you want, and I'm pretty sure everyone in the United States is not gonna move to LA. But you could literally build enough tunnels to transport everyone in the United States in LA. There is no limit. The way the loop would work is that you'd have main arteries that are traveling at 150 miles an hour and only when you want to go to an exit would you have an off ramp. It's like a 3D highway system underground, basically. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] And for the elevators, the way we're doing the elevators is we construct them offsite. So the elevators are prefabricated, self-contained steel structures. In order to insert the elevator all you do is dig a hole in the ground real fast Then bring the prefabricated elevator in sections, drop it down, connect the sections, and you're done. There's not some extended construction product. I think that's also important. So you don't have these construction projects that disrupt the city all over the place. And this, I should say also, we will have continuously operating cars in the loop. For those that do not have our cars. Those [UNKNOWN] priorities and pedestrians and cyclists with cars that are continuously circulating in the loop. So even if you don't have a car you can still use the system. This is I really wanna emphasize that. [APPLAUSE] A small but very important element is having a retractable wheels That's, when you're driving down the road normally, they retract and go under the car, you don't even see them. But when you get into the tunnel, they deploy and allow you to go through a narrow tunnel very quickly, and effectively like a little train. So this, even though it's like a small thing, it's a small but very important Element of the technology. This is not intended to be some sort of wall garden or just for Teslas or something like that. Any autonomous EV can be outfitted with these guide wheels. Yeah, and why autonomous? Well, it means you can go very fast and break very quickly. Like, we expect that you can probably do one vehicle per second through the tunnel Typically on a freeway, you can do without autonomous vehicles, you can do car every two seconds. With autonomy, we think you can do a car at least every second. I mean, if you think these, they're sort of like wormholes. And just like you dropped the worm. Like you're driving around, I need to get to other side of LA or New York, whatever, dropped down the worm hole, pssst, pop out the other side, and then you can just drive normally. The elevator itself only takes as much as two parking spaces on the street. So if you just have a station exchange for two parking spaces. And that's what I mean. That's space be the size of a station. So, you can interleave this stations throughout cities wherever there's you know, couple parking spaces or a little patch of road, pretty much anywhere. You can actually even come up in underground garages and then one day it will connect to the Hyperloop. [APPLAUSE] But that's for another time And what I really think this amounts to is an actual solutions to soul crushing burden of traffic. This is something that I think will actually work. It's scalable and we have a demonstration tunnel here and we expect to expand this over time to many cities all around the world. And give people more time with their friends and family. [INAUDIBLE] [APPLAUSE] And that concludes our presentation, thank you. [LAUGH] [MUSIC]

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