Tesla Model 3 hype machine starts to crank up

Tesla Model 3 hype machine starts to crank up

The serial entrepreneur is breaking ground with his new startup The Boring Company, which Musk says should have its first vehicle elevator operating next week.

For anyone anxious that Musk's attention is underground instead of the streets with Tesla or the stars with SpaceX, he did note that in that TED conference interview that the company - which recently completed the first section of its test tunnel beneath SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California - takes up "maybe 2 or 3 percent" of his time.

It was only a couple of weeks ago when Elon Musk spoke with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti about the possibility of bringing a tunnel network to the city.

"Unlike flying cars, tunnels are weatherproof, out of sight and won't fall on your head", the Boring Company's site said. This will be "operating" by next week, Musk says.

Musk's latest tweets, however, are rife with clues about its location, and by the looks of things, The Boring Company's Godot machine has begun digging right across from the SpaceX building in Hawthorne, LA County.

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"Godot" is a reference to both his tunnel driller and the play Waiting for Godot by Irish writer Samuel Beckett after which he named the machine. 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.

"To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3D, which means either flying cars or tunnels", The Boring Company's website reads. Sounds like maybe some Boring Company folks are working through the long weekend. The clip shows a vehicle riding onto a auto skate, which then lowers itself underground into a network of tunnels.

"There's no real limit to how many levels of tunnels you can have", Musk explained.

Electrek also quoted Musk as saying the full length of the first tunnel "will run from LAX to Culver City, Santa Monica, Westwood, and Sherman Oaks".

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