Elon Musk – the serial entrepreneur who heads Tesla.
The Boring Company was established by Musk earlier this year to build a web of traffic-beating tunnels under Los Angeles, through which cars can travel up to 130 miles per hour on metal skates.
The Boring Company has spawned many puns, but not much progress in terms of reaching Musk’s goal in L.A. The company has just one tunnel-digging machine, which Musk said was purchased “Second hand,” and so far it’s only dug a small distance beneath SpaceX-owned property in Hawthorne, California.
Musk’s plan for the L.A. tunnel network is different than the hyperloop, which is a ultra high-speed raillway meant for long-distance traveling at much higher speeds. Musk said during a TED conference in April that his hyperloop idea dovetails nicely with his new tunnel-boring endeavor. Musk also tweeted about even bigger ambitions to build a hyperloop between Los Angeles and San Francisco and another in Texas.
Both hyperloop and Musk’s LA tunneling idea are longshots – but Musk does have a flare for bringing the impossible to life.