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26 July 2017

Elon Musk’s Boring Company Tests Car Elevator (W/Video)

Underground tunnel concept is inching closer to reality

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The Boring Company plans to launch its first underground tunnel system around Los Angeles, and it’s now testing an elevator that will transport cars from the street to below ground, as evidenced by a new video.

On Instagram, Boring backer Elon Musk posted a video showing off the elevator. The system looks a little different than the one in a concept video shown back in May, in which the vehicle was placed on a pod before being lowered to the tunnel.

Once underground, the car shoots along a tunnel on an electric skate at speeds of up to 125 mph. The skate can carry cars, goods, or people, and the addition of a vacuum shell transforms it into a Hyperloop Pod that can travel at speeds exceeding 600 mph. The new transportation system has the potential to reduce traffic as the tunnels can be built in practically limitless layers, the company claims, and obviously, it should help commuters save time.

Previously, Musk said the company has begun work on a tunnel that will run from LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks in California. On social media last week, Musk also said he received verbal government approval for an underground transport system running between New York and Washington, D.C. But the company has yet to receive a formal go-ahead for the plan, he admitted.

Watch the video below to see the car elevator in action.

Source: Elon Musk via Instagram

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