The Boring Company is a brainchild of Tesla CEO Elon Musk. It envisions a future where cars go from one place to another rapidly using underground tunnels. The cars would be positioned on moving platforms that can achieve very high speeds. To demonstrate this, The Boring Company staged a race between a Tesla in its tunnel and one on the road.
One Tesla was placed in a 1.14 mile tunnel that runs beneath SpaceX’s Hawthrone, California headquarters while the other was on the public road with normal traffic conditions.
As you can probably imagine, the one in the tunnel was victorious, because it was able to go faster and there wasn’t any traffic holding it up. It beat the road Tesla by 3 minutes and 8 seconds. The tunnel Tesla had actually finished the line even before the road Tesla had passed its first traffic light.
It’s also pertinent to note that the car in the tunnel hit a peak speed of 127 miles per hour, those aren’t the kind of speeds that you can do on city roads. The Boring Company has gradually been selling this idea to interested parties. It made a $1 billion bid for building a tunnel to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and has been awarded a $48.6 million project to build a pair of tunnels below the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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