Elon Musk Explains Why Boring Tunnels Are Better Than Flying Cars

Posted: May 17 2017, 2:38am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 
Elon Musk Explains Why Boring Tunnels are Better than Flying Cars
Credit: The Boring Company

The Boring Company tries to solve the problem of traffic in congested city.

Elon Musk launched a new startup called Boring Company. As reported last week, the first tunnel gets drilled right now on the grounds of SpaceX. Elon Musk points today in a Tweet to a new FAQ on the Boring company site. The FAQ answers the burning question of why Elon Musk chose to solve the traffic problem with tunnels and not with flying cars, as any good sci-fi movie suggests.

"To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3D, which means either flying cars or tunnels. Unlike flying cars, tunnels are weatherproof, out of sight and won't fall on your head. A large network of road tunnels many levels deep would fix congestion in any city, no matter how large it grew (just keep adding levels). The key to making this work is increasing tunneling speed and dropping costs by a factor of 10 or more – this is the goal of The Boring Company," begins the FAQ on boringcompany.com.

The main barrier for tunnels is cost. Elon Musk believes the Boring company can bring down the cost by a factor of 10. Some tunnel projects cost as much as a billion Dollar per mile. $100 million does indeed sound more attractive. So how does Elon Musk plan to cut the cost of making tunnels for cars?

Reducing the tunnel diameter to a single lane is one idea. Musk has already revealed to put vehicles on a stabilized electric sled. This allows to reduce the tunnel diameter to less than 14 feet. Reducing the diameter in half reduces tunneling costs by 3-4 times says the FAQ.

The other factor is to drill tunnels faster. "Tunnel Boring Machine are super slow. A snail is effectively 14 times faster than a soft-soil Tunnel Boring Machine," according to the Boring Company.

Musk plans to beat the snail in a race with his tunnel boring machine. This is getting more exciting than space exploration.

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