The billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Elon Musk, says he spends only about 2 percent of his time working on tunnels, and some of that time was allotted this week to tweeting about the digging that's being done on SpaceX's property in Hawthorne, Calif.
One thing led to another, and Musk made a decision to call his new venture-building a tunnel to traverse Los Angeles-the Boring Company.
While some believe that the innovator is already over-extended (what with his tunnel boring business and the Hyperloop project, plus solar city, etc), but it isn't wise to ignore or underestimate the extremely well-funded Musk, who continues to take risks and succeed in diverse fields.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been in confirmed talks with Musk about implementing a high-tech digger to bore out an underground high-speed rail line connecting downtown to O'Hare International Airport.
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The Boring Company emerged late previous year when Musk thought there could be a solution to the traffic situation in the Los Angeles area. Musk has said that The Boring Company occupies a tiny fraction of his time vs. his work with SpaceX and Tesla, but he's clearly now very hyped on the idea of subterranean solutions.
"This is basically interns and people doing it part-time", Musk said then. He jokingly calls his venture The Boring Company.
One could be forgiven if back in January 2016 they thought Elon Musk's ideas about tunnels, offered to a bunch of college students, were hot air. Along with the tunnel, it appears that the firm has also started working on the vehicle transport system that will shuttle a auto from surface streets to the underground system. Musk estimates it could take a vehicle from the Westwood area of Los Angeles to the Los Angeles International Airport, LAX, in five minutes.