Watch Tesla Travel On Rails Inside Boring Company Tunnel

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We get the first glimpse of a Tesla Model X acting as a train car in The Boring Company’s Los Angeles tunnel.

It seems every time we think we have a better idea of what Elon Musk is planning to do with his Boring Company tunnels, the plan unfolds, shifts, and unfolds again. First, there were the streetside car elevators, which we got to see in the initial computer-animated teaser video and later in concept form. Then there was a Model S simply driving through the tunnel.

Recently, the company released a new concept video with a closer look at the bus-like passenger transport pods. This was in conjunction with Musk’s Tweet explaining that the tunnels will prioritize pedestrian and cyclist travel over that of vehicles. Now, seemingly in opposition of that, we see a Tesla Model X riding on rails …

It’s hard to know what’s next with Musk and his side project. C’mon, this is the same CEO and company that sold flamethrowers to raise funds. Obviously, something will need to be decided … eventually. The boring process is long and tedious (and boring), so it will be some time before there is a need to make any concrete decisions.

However, the company just announced that Chicago accepted its bid for a new high-speed transport system between downtown and O’Hare International Airport. We have very little details about this project as well, but at least it’s something more official. It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds.

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That’s clearly a Model X.

A dusty Model X

Is that giant pipe overhead permanent? Because, I’m having a hard time seeing a regular car or SUV parked on top of a sled and traveling through there.

Looks temporary, for air supply maybe…

That is clearly for ventilation. As a former construction engineer I still have a lot of questions on this project. There are building code requirements for not only ventilation, but for fire safety… points of egress, smoke and fire detection, allowance for access for rescue personnel. Also areas with water table or high rainfall you always get water infiltration. What about strike-slip faults in seismicly active areas? Earthquake is one thing but if you traverse a fault and if it shears, even if its a few inches.. you will derail and crash your sled. Alot of issues that Elon has not even really talked about or no one else is bringing up. Tunneling is one cost but to deal with all these other requirements are just as expensive as the tunnel itself.

I hope they offer a free car wash afterwards.

No Doubt !

The pinnacle of pointlessness… Using rail cars to carry road cars.

I disagree… As cool as it would be to drive through that, it really isn’t feasible. The tunnels are too small and narrow for high-speed driving by average citizens. Remember the sleds are supposed to go over 100 miles per hour.

If I’m not mistaken, that’s the first test tunnel. I believe the actual sled tunnels will be larger.

The tunnels are pointless in themselves. Anyways the cars should be self driving, mostly single seaters. Not these empty boxes with one person in them.

I believe many a road car have been delivered by rail. Seriously though, if you can hop on a sled and get to an area in 20 minutes as opposed to 200, that might be a good thing. Saves having to fill up upon arriving too, because you haven’t used any energy from the car.

Have they discarded the silly elevator entry idea yet? Putting a car on a wheeled platform seems to be redundant, but the elevator is simply stupid. Saving the space ramps take is great but the complexity and cost would be overwhelming.

Despite the fact that at one point Elon did mention using far more practical access ramps, so far as I know, the Boring Co. concept still includes the ridiculous, expensive, space-wasting elevators which would create a huge bottleneck for entering or exiting the tunnels.

There are many ways in which the Boring Co. concept is massively impractical. The elevators are one. The economic case is another:

Isn’t a tunnel little more than a normal road with limited exits?

Ha ha! Looks like youu finally got what this is all about.

Like any other normal road, it also has capacities and bottlenecks. If you go to downtown Boston at rush hour, our trains run in tunnels and are over capacity, and our roads are all underground as well, with traffic jams. Just because you can run one car at 100mph does not mean that you can do the same for 1000s of cars getting in and out. Laws of physics will bring all of the same issues faced above ground to these tunnels as well.

Meter the amount of vehicles by flex pricing the trip. Only allow BEV’s to simplify the air ventilation issues. Skip the train car, just put the BEV’s in a beveled (like a Jersey wall) track that opens up at junctions. Limit speeds to 75 mph. 100+ mph is overkill, just being able to do 60 mph while everyone above ground is doing 10 mph would move a lot of cars underground. 5 or 6 entry ramps, 2 or 3 exit ramps, no elevators. One tunnel each way, network of paired tunnels from suburbs to city center.

Taking what amounts to a single lane freeway and moving it underground wouldn’t do much to alleviate traffic congestion in cities which already have multi-lane freeways running across or around the city. It just makes the freeway much, much more expensive to build.

I don’t know, Push. Think about it. If you have a pair of 1 lane tunnels going to and from the busiest parts of rush hour suburbia to city center, and the 1 lane tunnels are metered to allow the cars using them to move at 60 to 75 mph while the surface lanes are doing 10 mph, the single inbound Boring Lane could move as many cars as 4 or 5 lanes of interstate and do it while giving the tunnel drivers a commute that is 6 times as fast as the surface dwellers. The big difference is that the tunnel won’t allow too many cars to get in, so the traffic speed will remain higher. Plus the tunnel will use ACC and traffic management software to maximize the amount of people that can use it per hour. Given how inefficient interstates are, a computerized Boring Company tunnel could probably deliver 7 or 8 times the cars/people a lane of interstate delivers, when you combine both greater speed and the lack of traffic bottle necks. I don’t know about you, but if I was commuting for more than 20 minutes a day, I would pay to shorten my commute.… Read more »

“if you go to downtown Boston at rush hour, our trains run in tunnels and are over capacity,”

I’m sure ingress and egress times are a big part of that. They don’t really have any incentive to reduce that time as well, because to gain an efficient number of riders, they have to wait at the station for riders in any case.

Automatically placing the car on a sled removes that time. There are other issues like how it is going to get the car onto the sled and off without blocking other traffic in the tube, which implies spacing between cars in the tube (enough to guarantee the car behind it can be stopped if the “loader” malfunctions). However, if you look at even a very busy metro station (like Tokyo and Barcelona for example), you will see that tube occupancy is very low in fact.

It depends on how many people take a leak in the dark corners and entrances, of the tunnel system!

Sorry to spoil the party, but here’s a much more sober take on these tunnels:

Dude. Thunderfoot?! Really?!

easier, cheaper, better scenery if you put pod tracks on top of light poles or telephone poles.

But, tunnel air has a much more Musky aroma!

Certainly an elevated railway or road would be much faster and less expensive to construct than a tunnel system. In fact, Musk’s original Hyperloop Alpha concept proposed a tube elevated on pylons for exactly that reason.

I find it very strange that Elon now appears to be obsessed with digging tunnels. Practical concerns appear to have been completely thrown out the window for the Boring Co. concept.

Mitesh, the old monorail/monobeam idea was actually pretty good. Much of the assembly of the pylons was done off site, installation would be relatively quick and inexpensive compared to other elevated rail projects and the monorail expense vs. capacity was good.
I think the real reason it will never happen is the Simpsons episode about the follies of monorail. LOL!

While I may not know my way to San Jose, I can trust they can get me to Malibu.

Love it!

A compilation of the media’s take on the tunnel.
I think we may as well rely on big cities to innovate, since the current federal government is worthless acting as a countervailing force and has attenuated progress in many areas, including transportation.

The important alliance of business leaders with city fathers is a progressive force attending to the vacuum and disregard for the fate of cities expressed in the policies of our federal government. Policies which are small minded, mean and backward looking, and in general counter to progress.