The Boring Company, Elon Musk's tunnel project, recently staged a race between two Tesla vehicles: one on the road in normal traffic and the other in the 1.14-mile tunnel running under SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne , California, Let's say it was not a big competition.
The Tesla tunnel was the clear winner and hit the road for a full 3 minutes and 8 seconds in front of the tunnel. In fact, the car reached the finish line in the tunnel before the car even passed traffic at the first red traffic light. Above all, the Tesla reached a maximum speed of 127 miles per hour in the tunnel. This is significantly faster than what the Boring Company demonstrated at a lavish event in December for reporters and city officials (including our own Liz Lopatto). These rides were also incredibly bumpy, which Musk attributed to a faulty paving machine. This one seemed to be smoother ̵
The race was discontinued on Twitter less than 24 hours after the Boring Company first received approval to build tunnels under the Las Vegas Convention Center. The $ 48.6-million project is due to be completed in time for the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021 – though Musk has indicated it could run until the end of the year.
The Boring Company first began with a 2016 tweet in which Musk wrote, "Traffic drives me crazy. I'm going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging … "Meanwhile, the test tunnel has been added to Hawthorne, the recently-approved" People Mover "in Las Vegas, which sold $ 1 billion for a Chicago tunnel to O & # 39; Hare operates on skids and tunnels from Washington, DC to Baltimore, which is undergoing an environmental review.
Proponents of transportation, however, fear that a new network of tunnels for cars will only lead to greater surface congestion, especially if the vehicle is about to enter the tunnel. Musk has also been criticized for building tunnels that house only cars and no larger capacity vehicles for more people.
The Boring Company ran this race to answer a simple question: What is faster, the road or the tunnel? However, as Thomas Ricker, deputy editor of The Verge aptly states, this is a wrong comparison. This is the "equivalent of about 5G speeds before phones are delivered to consumers."