In December last year, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company unveiled its ‘Loop’ test tunnel under Los Angeles.
The company promised a lot in the lead-up to unveiling its tunnel but to say it was underwhelming would have been an understatement. It was exceptionally bumpy and to use it safely, Tesla vehicles had to be equipped with horizontal wheels which extended out from the front of the car and rolled along the sides of the tracks.
Fast forward to the middle of 2019 and The Boring Company has made some improvements to its test tunnel, most notably paving it just like any other tunnel. This clip shows what it’s now like to drive through it.
The Boring Company has equipped the surface with solid white lines so Autopilot can be used. During the following ride, a Tesla employee is manually driving a Model 3, accelerating through to a 116 mph (186 km/h) top speed before backing off. And yes, at the end of the day, however, it is still simply a car driving through a tunnel.
Musk’s tunneling company initially planned on building pods supporting 16 passengers for its Loop system but last year, it said that the Loop would only support electric vehicles with autonomous driving capabilities. The entrepreneur envisages vehicle lifts which will transport users to and from the tunnels to the surface but it remains to be seen when such tunnels could be introduced for public use.
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