While the company has chiefly been in the news for its unique efforts to raise money by selling hats and flamethrowers, Elon sought to throw some light on the project's progress yesterday at a rare public appearance in a Boring Company Information Session in Los Angeles. "But obviously that can only happen with public support".
Another big stakeholder in the Boring project is Los Angeles's Metropolitan Transportation Agency.
The Boring Company presented plans to build a 6.5-mile (10.5 km) shaft under Culver City, California, at a council meeting.
The West L.A. tunnel is the latest project Boring has undertaken after quietly digging a slightly shorter tunnel underneath tiny neighboring municipality of Hawthorne, where SpaceX and Boring are both headquartered. "You can't fly the quietest helicopters through neighborhoods without bothering people", Musk said. It has planned a tunnel for an underground train system of its own under the Sepulveda Pass, the same area where Boring has said it would like to work.
Boring says the tunnel would serve as an experimental proof-of-concept site to demonstrate ideas for a traffic-easing system Musk wants to build to rapidly whisk individual cars and small groups of pedestrians from place to place beneath the surface. Musk "envisions dozens to hundreds of small stations, about the size of a single or double auto parking spot, to alleviate traffic at any one spot".
According to his plans, the privately-funded tunnel will carry cars on "electric skates" at 150 miles per hour (240 kph) to ease LA's "soul-destroying" congestion.
It's no secret that entrepreneurial maverick Elon Musk has big plans for the future of public transportation.
Musk confessed that The Boring Company, which was created as an infrastructure and tunnel firm, faced "delivery challenges" when it came to shipping the devices loaded with propane but claimed to have found a solution by delivering the products in Boring Company delivery vans.
Hand-delivered flamethrowers: One of the fun fundraisers that Musk set up for the Boring Company sold 20,000 flamethrowers (or "not-a-flamethrowers" for regulatory purposes) at a cost of $500 each. Pods would use on-ramps and off-ramps rather than running like a subway line.
Musk said if the tunneling could move at one-tenth of walking speed, a mile could be completed every three hours. "It's the only way we can think of to address the chronic traffic issues in major cities", Musk said at the event addressing a crowd of roughly 750 people.