Tesla cars have learned to ride through the underground high-speed tunnelsDecember 19, 2018
The American startup The Boring Company, supervised by Tesla Motors head Elon Mask, introduced a new concept for its high-speed underground transportation system. The company decided to abandon the previously invented “electric platforms” in favor of autonomous electric vehicles that can move through the tunnels with the help of special “rail wheels”.
According to Elon Mask, the developers decided to use a special device in the form of additional folding rollers, fastened under the front part of the electric vehicle body. The device will lock the car and not allow it to touch the walls of the tunnel. According to the head of Tesla, such equipment will cost the owners of electric vehicles in the extra 200-300 dollars.
In general, the concept of a new high-speed communications system remains the same. The idea of The Boring Company is to build high-speed tunnels under the big cities using the Godot drilling machine. On the surface, the car gets into a special elevator with an electric drive, which falls below the ground and moves into a 3.6-meter-wide tunnel. There, the car lays out the locking “rail wheels”, thanks to which it can automatically move at a speed of up to 250 km per hour.
Earlier it became known that representatives of The Boring Company agreed with the authorities of Chicago on the construction of a new transport system that will connect the business center of the city with O’Hare International Airport. In addition, new tunnels are being drilled in Los Angeles. Finally, Musk noted that a communications network could later appear in Las Vegas.
The head of Tesla believes that the use of the new system will significantly relieve the land highways and reduce the level of road congestion in cities. In the future, the network of tunnels is supposed to be combined with the vacuum system of Hyperloop high-speed passenger trains, which theoretically can travel at speeds of up to 1200 km per hour.