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Musk Plans Mass Transit System

Musk "envisions dozens to hundreds of small stations, about the size of a single or double car parking spot, to alleviate traffic at any one spot".

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Musk was joined by The Boring Company director Steve Davis.
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SpaceX and The Boring Company CEO Elon Musk has for the first time revealed his concept for a personalised mass transit system or “Loop” that will carry 16 people and travel at 240 km per hour for a fare of just $1.

In a rare public appearance here late on Thursday, the Tesla founder also unveiled the project details, including 2.7 miles of tunnel that will run north to south parallel to the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, CNET reported.

Musk, however, did not provide a time-line for his project that could get people from downtown to Los Angeles International Airport in eight minutes in a vacuum tube.

Musk “envisions dozens to hundreds of small stations, about the size of a single or double car parking spot, to alleviate traffic at any one spot”.

Musk was joined by The Boring Company director Steve Davis.

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“It’s the only way we can think of to address the chronic traffic issues in major cities,” Musk said.

These tunnels were not yet part of his cross-country “Hyperloop” system, which would ferry people in tubes travelling at airline speeds at a much lower cost.

“Excited for @boringcompany partnership with LA Metro,” Musk later tweeted.

LA Metro is the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, an agency that operates public transportation for the County of Los Angeles.

According to the city, the proposed tunnel would begin with the entry/exit point at 2352-6 Sepulveda Boulevard, north of West Pico Boulevard, in West Los Angeles.

Earlier, Musk hinted that he plans to link the hyperloop project under his start-up The Boring Company with SpaceX’s rockets to create a transportation system that may ferry people anywhere on Earth in less than an hour.

The Boring Company is an infrastructure and tunnel construction company founded by Musk in late 2016.

Musk’s aviation company SpaceX has got approval from the City of Los Angeles to build The Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be used to explore Mars — a goal that Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022. IANS.

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Google Opens New Office,Plans To Expand Itself In Berlin

Google's committed to transparency and clarity on what data is collected and how it's used.

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Philipp Justus, Google Vice President for Central Europe and German-speaking Countries, chat behind a Google logo during the opening of a new Google office in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 22, 2019. VOA

American tech giant Google has opened a new office in Berlin that it says will give it the space to expand in the German capital.

CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday the space means Google could more than double the number of Berlin employees to 300. Google currently has 1,400 employees in Germany.

Pichai says “the city has long been a capital of culture and media. Now it’s also home to a fast-growing startup scene and an engine for innovation.”

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The Google name is displayed outside the company’s office in London, Britain. VOA

Google has faced regulatory headwinds in Europe, and was fined 50 million euros ($57 million) Monday in France for alleged violations of European data privacy rules.

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Google Central Europe vice president Philipp Justus didn’t directly address the fine, but said Google’s committed to transparency and clarity on what data is collected and how it’s used. (VOA)