WATCH | SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is taking his gaze from the skies momentarily to work on new tunneling technology. Here's why...
Musk tweets a picture of, what looks to be, his new tunnel-boring machine.
Futurist ... tunnel-digging?
Billionaire and grand innovator Elon Musk is adding to his futurist repertoire of electric car building and rocket launching with ... tunnel-digging.
The SpaceX and Tesla CEO told Wired in January, "Better tunneling tech improves everything: road, subway, Hyperloop". Musk first teased the project last year while apparently stuck in LA traffic, and he put out a new tweet a couple of days ago showing, what appears to be, the boring machine in action.
Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging...— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016
We're just going to figure out what it takes to improve tunneling speed by, I think, somewhere between 500 and 1,000 per cent.
With Musk in the car business, alleviating highway gridlock with a slew of new underground roads would be a boon for his venture.
More than just freeing the freeways
But more exciting than the prospect of more roads for cars might be how this new boring (but not boring) tech could impact the advancement, or actual realization, of the hyperloop.
In 2013, Musk released the hyperloop plans to the public for other companies to build, but finding land to place tracks for it has been a question mark. Hello underground hyperloop?!