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Elon Musk's Boring Company will personally deliver your flamethrower

Elon Musk's Boring Company will personally deliver your flamethrower

Musk, the Silicon Valley high-tech tycoon who founded the Tesla Inc. electric vehicle maker, also said he would offer free trips through the first two research tunnels he completes to get public feedback before proceeding with a larger system.

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. "But obviously that can only happen with public support".

Musk said that Boring Company Loop's vision of the future would be much more congruous with city life than subways, and that while it was very hard to weave large stations into a city, building many more parking spot-sized stations could theoretically be much more effective.

His celebrity status preceded him with some visitors pushing their way into the crowded hall...

Whether staunch critics were swayed remained to be seen.




A 2.7-mile (4.3-kilometer) test tunnel Musk proposes to build ran into headwinds from neighborhood organizations after a city council committee voted to let Boring Co go ahead with the project without an environmental review. Concerns are also being expressed about the environmental damage the system could cause.

Resistance to his tunneling project marks a somewhat new type of challenge for Musk.

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

But Musk denied trying to take any shortcuts, saying even with the waiver, Boring faces "600 pages of permits that would be required for this tunnel". 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. They would be dug at a minimum of 30 feet to 60 feet underground, way below utilities. In it, she explained, "Basically, what we're going to do is we're going to fly BFR like an aircraft and do point-to-point travel on earth, so you can take off from New York City or Vancouver and fly halfway across the globe". Following this, Elon Musk elaborated at the event that his concept in-city Loop will be used to ferry 16 passengers at a time for a fare of only $1 (around Rs 65). The "merchandise" raised $7.5 million for The Boring Company, which Musk created to bore tunnels to be used for alternative means of transportation.