Here Are The Proposed Underground Freeways Elon Musk Thinks He's Going To Build In Los Angeles

Submitted by: fancylad 6 months ago in Science Tech


IAB has been following this story for a while now -- Elon Musk's whimsical underground freeway system, build by his "boring machine." Sorry dude, you've done some pretty innovative things, but you'll never pull this underground freeway stunt.

I mean, I'd love to see this happen, but that means -- if you go by this video made by his Boring Company -- hollowing out half the earth underneath Los Angeles. This idea will be great once he colonizes Mars, but in an already-established city with millions of people? Nope -- not in this millennium.


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Male 8,716
Has someone bothered to tell him that in Los Angeles, the underground tends to move around at random, and rather violently?
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Male 4,323
It's becoming more and more clear that Musk doesn't seem to understand anything
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Male 8,716
dm2754 It's becoming clear that Elon Musk has the outlook of an engineer, which is to say, he's be educated far beyond his intelligence.

Most (not all) engineers know how things work on paper, but not in the real world. Knew an engineer that could not, through the process of elimination, figure out which way to turn the lug nuts on his car to replace a flat tire.  Worked with one that designed a new loading station for tanker trucks. The ONE thing he didn't think to check was 'how tall is a tanker truck?'.  So, beautiful loading station that you could not pull a tanker truck under.

Also, for the most part, engineers have few (to no) social skills, and as a result tend to  marry day care providers and/or elementary school teachers (as they are used to dealing with children).

I realize this sounds funny, but think about the number of engineers you know and how well it will describe the majority of them.
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Male 6,251
This just seems lame, wrong, backwards. Thoughts going through my head:
- "Lets spend billions of dollars to get you to go where you can already go, but underground with no views, and no traffic either!"
-I'm thinking the line up waiting for one of those sleds will still be stressful in rush hour traffic.
-Why not just make cars fly?  flying cars means road maintence = 0$ as this stands not only will it costs billions to make, but likely billions to maintain and possibly trillions to fix after the first earthquake.
-If you're dead set on making it, why not just make smaller tunnels, get rid of the cars, and just have people-pods.  You say "i want to go to x"  and jump into the pod, and it takes you to the grocery store, or wherever.  Then you take another pod home.
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Male 41,184
monkwarrior Why no flying cars? Lolz!
Think of how many car crashes there are every day... now imagine these cars crashing, then falling out of the sky onto people, houses, other cars & etc. The fatality rate would be incredible, never mind the property damage.
So that's why. Until a perfectly safe, self-flying air-car is developed (Skynet!) it just isn't possible. Maybe with seriously limited numbers, but then the costs would be really high.
They would also have to be VTOL to even possibly work inside city limits too... and all the overhead wires would need to go... lots of issues with flying cars eh? Would be cool tho.
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Male 1,788
Although boring is becoming every day fair, I have some reservations about the feasibility of this. (1) It is an existing city of very large size (huge weight pressing down) (2) In order to over come this weight problem and underground infrastructure, you would have to dig deep, which brings me to water inclusion it is kind of in a depression right next to the ocean. (3) The drilling in Seattle ran in to a object that they could not drill through, and the results of that have not been to forth coming. I know from unquotable sources that they ran in to a alien space ship and it took them months to excavate it and move it out of the way so there is always that problem may happen again. Oh yay and the tar pits may be a lot bigger once they get going. (4) The little cars if only 1/4 of the population of L.A. county were to get on the little cars at once it would take something like 2,454,651 cars to fill the bill, and only 1/4 of that is still a staggering 613,662 so there's that too. (5) Cost even after the initial cost there would be a toll to use it, it would have to be so high that only the limousine liberals could afford it. Maybe that's the plan get the public to pay for there personal road way with out the sweaty masses.
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Male 5,214
casaledana Regarding #3, are you being funny or serious? In IAB World, one never knows, thus the question.
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Male 4,281
squrlz4ever I think it turned out being a well pipe. (They say).
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Male 1,788
squrlz4ever  Don't you want to know.
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Male 523
LA has a subway system already complete with tar sharks. Doesn't anyone watch Futurama anymore?
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