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Boring can make travelers dizzy

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Elon Musk has an unconventional way of solving people’s daily struggles and existential issues. The billionaire entrepreneur and innovator published a series of Instagram posts and warned a video can cause motion sickness or seizures. He showed the first steps of the Boring Co.’s system to bypass the rush in transportation. Passengers will be able to get from Westwood in Los Angeles to LAX airport in five minutes. The electric sled in the tunnel can move cars at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour, roughly equivalent to 125 miles per hour, he said.

A picture shows boring machine segments lowered into the starter tunnel and undergoing final assembly. Musk noted the facility will be a few hundred feet long. The cutterhead will be accelerated by ten times from standard industry speed, he claimed. The head of Tesla, SpaceX, OpenAI and Neuralink has earlier put aside his concept of Hyperloop, inviting engineering firms to accept the challenge to build passive magnetic levitation systems in tubes above ground.

Last December he declared he would “just start digging” as traffic drove him nuts. The first tunnel will run from the airport to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood and Sherman Oaks, Musk said and stressed he aspires for the system to eventually cover the whole area of greater LA. The Boring Machine 1 is nicknamed Godot, with Eugene Ionesco pun intended.

The futurist engineer has explained the concept at a TED conference in Vancouver last month. Cars should be lowered by an elevator and transported through the tunnel on the sled.

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