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Elon Msk Unveils Prototype of Underground Tunnel System

The company also intends to connect Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to the city centre, and Washington to Baltimore

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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla. Wikimedia Commons

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk has unveiled a prototype of high-speed tunnel system to transport passengers in cabins or carry them in their own vehicles using car elevators — a solution to ease urban traffic congestion.

The test tunnel, which is nearly two kilometre long, was dug out in the basement of the SpaceX aerospace transport company’s headquarters in Hawthorne near Los Angeles, also founded by Musk.

Musk carried out the test run of one of the electric vehicles ideally able to reach 240 km per hour, faster than an underground train, although on Tuesday it did not exceed 80 kph, Efe news reported.

He said the cost of drilling undertaken by his Boring Company had been about $10 million, having used a combination of traditional machinery and cutting-edge technology to save time and money.

Musk’s vision is to develop a tunnel system that can be expanded and improved like an underground three-dimensional freeway system.

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Elon Musk unveils underground tunnel prototype. (VOA)

Inside the system would be high speed cabins with at least 16 passengers, or also private vehicles on a hydraulic system descending from surface to base, which will move through the tunnels using electric traction.

Travelling from central Los Angeles to LAX International Airport will take eight minutes, in a route that, with the usual congestion, normally takes between 40 to 80 minutes, the report said.

Beyond this prototype, the initial project proposal for Los Angeles will not be to its airport, but a line called “Dugout Loop” that will transport residents of Los Angeles to Dodgers Stadium from different neighbourhoods of the city.

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The initial capacity of the system would be to transport some 1,400 people per event, equivalent to 2.5 per cent of the stadium’s 56,000-spectator capacity. Musk said the figures could double up to 2,800.

The company also intends to connect Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to the city centre, and Washington to Baltimore.

The futuristic dream promises to bring about a revolution in the transport system in big cities around the world. (IANS)

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Here’s How a Small Metal Ball Costs Elon Musk a Whooping $768 mn

At the Los Angeles event in the Tesla Design Centre late on Thursday, Musk took a dig at Ford, showing a video of a "tug of war" between F-150 and the Cybertruck

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk. (VOA)

Multi-billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk net worth on Saturday reportedly plummeted 6 percent, bringing his personal net worth down by $768 million in a single day after a metal ball crashed down the unbreakable glass of his long-awaited Cybertruck during its launch event.

At the Tesla Cybertruck unveiling, Musk asked the company’s lead designer, Franz von Holzhausen, to demonstrate the strength of the “Armor Glass” by throwing a solid metal, baseball-sized ball at the window, but surprisingly the glass broke when the ball was over-armed into it, independent.co.uk reported.

“We threw wrenches, we threw everything, we even literally threw a kitchen sink at the glass, and it didn’t break. For a little weird reason it broke now, I don’t know why,” Musk said on Thursday.

He then joked, “We’ll fix it in post.”

Interestingly, the video went private on Tesla’s YouTube channel about 30 seconds after the live stream was over.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk introduces the Cyber truck at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, California. Musk is taking on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market with his latest electric vehicle. VOA

Starting at $39,900, Cybertruck is inspired by “Lotus Esprit S1” from the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me”.

The truck will come in three versions with 250 miles, 300 miles and 500 miles of range, respectively.

According to research firm IHS Markit, the Ford F-150 has been the top-selling pickup truck in the US for more than 40 years, followed by GM’s Chevrolet Silverado.

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Pickup trucks are currently the fastest-growing segment in the US.

At the Los Angeles event in the Tesla Design Centre late on Thursday, Musk took a dig at Ford, showing a video of a “tug of war” between F-150 and the Cybertruck. (IANS)