The Boring Company, Elon Musk's tunnel company, has recently organized a race between two Tesla vehicles: one on the road in normal traffic and the other in the 1.14-mile tunnel running under the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. wasn't such a match.
The Tesla tunnel was the clear winner and drove 3 minutes and 8 seconds before it reached the streets on the surface. In fact, the car in the tunnel reached the finish line before the car even passed the first red light in traffic.
The Tesla in the tunnel in particular hit a maximum speed of 127 mph. That is considerably faster than what the Boring Company demonstrated for reporters and city officials (including our own Liz Lopatto) during a lavish event in December. Those rides were also incredibly bumpy, which Musk attributed to a faulty paving machine. This seemed to be smoother – at least according to the video footage.
The race was posted on Twitter less than 24 hours after the Boring Company had given its first approval to dig a few tunnels under the Las Vegas Convention Center. The $ 48.6 million project is scheduled to be ready in time for the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2021, although Musk has suggested that it could be operational by the end of the year.
The Boring Company started with a tweet from 2016, in which Musk wrote: "The traffic is driving me crazy. Go build a tunnel drill and just start digging …" Since then it has been expanded with the test tunnel in Hawthorne, the recently approved Las Vegas mover, bidding $ 1 billion for a Chicago tunnel to R&H Airport located on the skids, and a tunnel in Washington, DC to Baltimore, which is currently undergoing an environmental assessment.
Proponents of transport, however, are concerned that a new tunnel network for cars will only create more above-ground congestion, especially when the vehicle queue enters the tunnel. Musk has been too criticized for building tunnels that can only accommodate cars instead of vehicles with a larger capacity to transport more people.
The Boring Company organized this race to answer a simple question: what is faster, on the road or in the tunnel? But like The Verge & # 39; s Acting editor Thomas Ricker notes, this is a false comparison and is the "equivalent of bragging about 5G speeds before phones are released to consumers."