Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Building a tunnel at 127 mph sounds almost incomprehensible. Yet, while building the Panama Canal, new technology (new at that time) allowed to accomplish in one day what it previously required a month of work.
Boring Company has a video showing Tesla’s with autopilot driving at 127 mph in Boring tunnels. They are not using sleds or guide wheels.
This would mean if Boring Company can build the tunnels at the low-cost they are projecting then no other upgrades with rail or other systems will be needed. They will be able to add an underground lane of traffic at the same construction cost of about $5-10 million per mile as widening a highway. However, highways need to buy or gets rights to land on the surface. This can add hundreds of millions of dollars per mile in US cities. Boring Company can also offset the costs by selling lower-cost bricks made out of the dirt they dig out.
Boring Company was recently approved for a one-mile tunnel transportation system in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas System may eventually expand to connect the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Strip.
No more wheel guider/train platform? 127mph in a narrow tunnel just in autopilot?
— Olivier R (@Nepomucene) May 24, 2019
Wanna race? pic.twitter.com/zDNpdsdHaM
— The Boring Company (@boringcompany) May 24, 2019
Boring Company Reducing Tunnel Costs Toward the Cost of Widening a Highway by One Lane
Tunneling R&D. In the United States, there is virtually no investment in tunneling Research and Development (and in many other forms of construction). The construction industry is one of the only sectors in our economy that has not improved its productivity in the last 50 years.
SOURCES- Boring Company, Twitter