The NEW Boring Company! Will it work? 5 Things to Know Before Buying 2 months ago   11:52

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Christian Bergman
Hi Ben - it think that many critics are missing the point. It’s not about what goes in the tunnel. It’s about the orders of magnitude cost reduction in building the tunnel combined with the decreased time to build the tunnel and reuse of the excavated material to reinforce the tunnel. Elon used Teslas because that was what he had immediately available, but once you have the tunnel the rest is easy. Actually building the tunnel is the hard part and that is what the Boring Company is focused on. Build the tunnel and the rest will follow.

PS has to be electric or the exhaust fumes will kill you. But need not be Tesla’s.
Hunter Rothman
Their system should handle both cars and buses. They should forget about their last idea completely.
Jeremiah John
this isn't an end product, the plans haven't been changing as far as I have seen they're just different ideas being pursued, there is no reason there wont be pedestrian or bicycle pods in the future.
Bruce Shakeham
I am a fan of Tesla and I thought Boring was gonna be great. But this new tunnel sort of throw some shades. Why did they give up the skate system? I felt that one was more controllable. If you are using your own vehicle, what if something vehicles break/not function as intended? what if someone tries to sabotage? This tunnel does not look like any rescue operation could take place.
Zachary Hutchison
I'm usually optimistic about Mr. Musk's ideas but I'm skeptical of this one. Why not just make subterranean highways with higher standards to accommodate autonomous vehicles? I'm just not seeing the benefit of what I consider "extra steps" such as the elevators or the skates.
Zoid Burg
Bet you're fun at parties...
Magnus Rasmussen
Spain bored a tunnel almost twice the diameter of Elon tunnel with metro stations for 45 million (this was in a large city) per mile. So still not impressed, waiting for Prufrock to change things.
all things electric
7000+ M3s in inventory, unlimited demand appears to be another lie. where is the 35k M3? not long now..............
Osman Toplica
Why do people compare it to a metro? It's like comparing an apple to a chair.
This is designed to make it possible to DRIVE your OWN CAR in the city without generating traffic and congestion. A metro is designed to move a lot of people who are on foot from A to B. Please tell me how I can drive my car in and out of a metro ?
Osman Toplica
Won't there be congestion at the exits since the elevators move magnitudes slower than the cars in the tunnel?
Scott Reams
The problem with public transportation systems will always be last mile and speed. Put a bunch of people in a vehicle in one of these tunnels... and how do they all continue their journey once they've exited the tunnel? Especially if they have any luggage or other items that would be best transported in the trunk of a car. Travel speed is also reduced when you have multiple people in the same vehicle traveling to different destinations. If the vehicle has to exit and re-enter the tunnel several times to let passengers out, you've just added a bunch of times to the travel of the passengers exiting last.

I've always been a bigger fan of finding a way to retain the freedom provided by a car while increasing speed and efficiency.
Robert L
Having the Tesla be the skate itself is not mutually exclusive to having a car-carrying skate or human carrying pod is it? What's the rationale behind narrowing it to Tesla owners?
Max Beaudoin
Claustrophobia?????
Soulsome
The tunnel(s) are in such early stage right now, I don't personally focus much on the number-crunching yet....Elons predictions and numbers seems, like you said, very ambitious, to say the least.
The two facts that I do focus on though is:
1) Elon is behind it
2) 10 million pr. mile
Fact 2 alone is a guarantee that the tunnel can be used for "something", almost pretty much no matter how many/few cars it can handle.
Big Dream
I think it's actually best to assume each Boring Tunnel is equivalent to a 150 mph freeway lane. E.g. don't assume mass transit busses only, or tighter following distances. Ride-sharing may become more common with the advent of fully automated cars, or it may not. But if you force people to take mass transit to lose the tunnels, you limit their impact. The tunnel system still makes sense without it. (I'm not a fan of abandoning the skates, either, although I do see how that will limit infrastructure costs.)
tsrjs
Hi Ben, it looks like you misinterpreted the graph at 2:00.
The graph clearly indicates that the values are in millions of miles, not trillions.
Jarek W
I think the end goal for boring company is for Elon to have a tested boring system that can be used on mars. If you ever think about colonising the mars you need to think about tunnels on it.
Paul Paulson
I travelled in an autonomous, driverless vehicle in an underground tunnel. It was called subway. I didn't even need to find a parking lot afterwards.
Jevon Frost
Great video Ben. Hit the nail on the head for me. Get the mechanized transport underground and return the surface to the people,the children and nature.
Jose Roeder
Guys he built a 1 mile sewer tunnel and that is what it cost - $10 million.

$1 billion tunnel is a huge subway tunnels including cost of rails electrical emergency exits, stations and geological reports. The actual cost noting a subway tunnel is more like $50 million.

We’ve been digging tunnel for over 100 years called subways. Yes subways are electric.

Any engineers in the house?
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