By Mingda Pang – June 2021
Elon Musk launched The Boring Company, drilling holes at SpaceX to launch tunnels. Tunnels will transport automated vehicles through LA, Vegas, Chicago. Musk’s Boring Company may sound crazy at first. It is very real. The key to success is being eco-friendly. How does Musk win? You can see how it works as well as what it aims at.
To ease congestion, the Boring Company developed an underground tunnel network. Hyperloop can now be a reality due to its tenfold increase in tunneling speed, and reduced costs.
Smart City Transportation Plan by Elon Musk
The Boring Co. reinvents underground urban transport by combining smart city technology with Elon Musk’s The Boring Co. Musk talks about overlapping underground tunnels, the most intense way of traveling, and its Hyperloop electric mobility system. This seems a little too futuristic. The Boring Company will be partnering with cities. Musk announced in May 2018 the launch of a collaborative effort with LA metro. Even the City Council waived the requirement for e-consultation in order that drilling could begin for a tunnel measuring 4.3 kilometers. Next, the company is going to construct a 10.4km tunnel underneath Los Angeles to test different tunneling methods.
Boring Co. is also in contact with Washington, D.C. officials to build a connection between New York City, and Washington, D.C. Tunnels will allow autonomous vehicles up to 120 mph. Hyperloop tube trains capable of traveling 600 mph will be used for long-distance tunnels.
New Horizons in Tunneling and Transport
Musk’s transport solution and underground tunnels might solve traffic problems. It’ll reduce traffic and increase air quality, while also reducing the city’s skyline. The Boring Co. developed the tunnel-boring system to cut tunneling costs. This allows for rapid transit tunneling. LA’s pilot program may be an option, although the technology isn’t ready yet. Musk’s concept raises safety and feasibility concerns.
Tunnels: The benefits
Tunnels have the ability to be scaled. Multiple layers can easily be built to support any capacity. Their inability increase lane width is what limits surface systems. Land Conservation Tunnels Conserve Surface Land Tunnels don’t interfere with existing transport systems.
Operating conditions: It works in rain and snow as well as wind.
Noiseless Tunnels: They are designed to be quiet and make little noise when being used. Tunneling takes place in silence and is not easily detected. Tunnel Expansion. Tunnels are easier and more manageable than surface-based systems.
The cost of the project is a problem. Musk spent approximately one hundred million dollars to get The Boring Co.â€™s concepts off the ground. Many questions are raised about who is paying for these “transportation projects”. Small projects may be harder to fund due to the reduction in funding from the government. Does it cost anything to use these tunnels of course. They claim they are affordable but it’s not guaranteed.
There are also engineering problems. The car elevator on skates poses many engineering problems, including safety, reliability, and placement. The Boring Co won’t consider tunnel entry or exits. What about safety concerns, jams caused by ramps and other hazards?
Tunneling Safety Concerns
The Boring Co. has a very dangerous idea. Musk believes his machines will drill half the subway tunnels’ depth, which would save time as well as money. Tunnels must be 21 feet wide in order to provide escape routes for people in emergency situations. Musk has not stated how he would protect his smaller tunnels.
Musk, Tesla founder and CEO, claims that Boring Co. originally intended to transport cars through tunnels. Urban planners work to cut traffic, increase public transportation and make life more pleasant outdoors. Musk wants cyclists as well as peddlers to use the tunnels. However they’re not safe.
The Boring Co could revolutionize the tunneling industry. Because the tunnel diameter is smaller, it may not always be possible. Tunnel instrumentation is an area that has been neglected by the company. Its primary focus right now isn’t tunneling.
Residents need to assess the feasibility of this proposal in order to make it possible. Smart City plans should be co-created and presented by communities before they’re created. Musk’s technology will be accepted in the communities and governments. It’s important that the company has an impact on LA.