Watch The Boring Company Launch A Tesla Model X In Its Underground Tunnel

Elon Musk has a lot of projects going on – of which Tesla is just one. Another is The Boring Company, which is in the midst of developing a high-speed underground transportation network.

The superfast subway will eventually have its own unique cars. But those aren’t ready yet. So to test one of its new tunnels and the rail system it’s placing therein, The Boring Company borrowed a vehicle from one of Musk’s other ventures. Namely, a Tesla Model X.

The Boring Company released this short (very short) clip of a Model X being catapulted through one of its tunnels. It may not be quite as unusual as, say, launching a Tesla Roadster into outer space in one of Musk’s SpaceX rockets, but it’s an interesting confluence of two of his projects, just the same.

As The Motley Fool aptly points out, The Boring Company is working on tunnels for two applications that are both similar (in concept) yet very different (in practice). The more evocative of the two is the Hyperloop, a sort of underground bullet train that will utilize vacuum-pressurized tubes in which these specialized transportation pods will be launched.

The other is a simpler Loop that won’t be pressurized and will be used for inner-city transportation. It’ll still be pretty fast – targeted for around 150 mph – but won’t be as fast as the vacuum-pressurized Hyperloop (which will travel at speeds approaching the sound barrier at 768 mph).

Either way, they won’t be using Tesla’s electric vehicles as the cars within the tubes once they’re complete. But the Model X seems to make for a pretty good stopgap in the meantime.

 

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    Safest place to use autopilot. There are not firetrucks or police cars down there. 😛

  • Status

    It’s a damn tramway bus.

  • I WAS HOPING FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE ELEGANT THAN A STANDARD SUBWAY TUNNEL.

    • Jay

      im pretty sure they make it look prettier. wont change the fact its a subway tunnel though. Maybe theyll have underground shopping centers too.

    • Ilbirs

      The fact here is that you’d stay a few minutes inside this tunnel. Imagine this being used in a huge and cramped metropolis of this planet and allowing external structures that are simpler than a huge station and allow this thing to attend a bigger area than the one possible for a subway system and also not opposing the use of individual transportation but compatibilizing it with something that also acts as mass transportation.

      • I’M NOT SAYING IT’S A BAD THING I WAS JUST HOPING IT WOULD BE A LITTLE MORE INTERESTING. RIDING IN THE NY SUBWAY SYSTEM I OFTEN THOUGH HOW NICE IT WOULD BE IF THE TUNNELS WERE TILED. IT WOULD ALSO BE NICE IF THE STATIONS WERE CLEANED AND DIDN’T SMELL LIKE PISS.

  • Paul

    It’s a boring boring company.

  • Ilbirs

    The beauty of this project is that doesn’t oppose individual and mass transportation but put both them in the same level. The same structure can carry a pod or a car, both them in insanely fast speeds that allow to cross from on extreme to another of a huge city in minutes instead of hours. It’d be a hit here in São Paulo and for sure people wouldn’t complain anymore about how slow is being the railway network expansion, as it’d be interesting to have particular cars using the same service and increasing the profitability.

    • drc

      Until one car or pod goes off the tracks and there are 200 stuck behind it – OR – you have a power grid failure. People don’t do well stuck underground in dark tubes

  • Jay

    Just imagine something going wrong and firefighters taking hours to get people out. Even worse, delaying everyone’s trip 😱.

    • Honda NSX-R

      That thought makes me feel sick

  • Classic Bob

    Yawn….

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Well, that was uneventful….pretty pointless video

    BORING!!!

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