We now know that Elon Musk's Boring Company is not only working on a way to alleviate traffic for cars, but also establish a home for the Hyperloop. The high-speed transit system could navigate a tunnel network created by the company's tunnel boring machine (TBM).
But, in order for this machine to successfully complete such a monumental task, the physics of tunnels must, obviously, be well understood. This is why Musk recently met with Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas, who has a lengthy background in physics, to discuss the matter.
Discussing physics of tunnels with Mayor Vargas (who has a physics background). Hawthorne support for The Boring Company much appreciated. https://t.co/UAOCildbnT
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 21, 2017
Mayor Vargas told The Daily Breeze, “It’s an awesome feeling knowing that the future of transportation is being developed here in Hawthorne, in particular this underground tunneling project...Hawthorne is booming because of SpaceX, Tesla, and The Boring Co. [Musk] basically reaffirmed his commitment to helping the community.”
Reporter Sandy Mazza of The Daily Breeze shared images from the meeting via a tweet.
— Sandy Mazza (@SandyMazza) July 21, 2017
These tunnels will be a feat of physics and engineering. Musk has previously suggested that you could potentially "have 30 layers of tunnels." His TBM would act as a sort of "mole," boring through practically anything that would realistically be found in its path, from soft sand to hard rock.
Layers upon layers of tunnels, weighed down by a wide variety of vehicles, will be an ambitious creation, but they could be a game-changer in the future of transportation.