Test tunnel for high-speed travel to open in December - Elon Musk

REUTERS  Joe Skipper  File

REUTERS Joe Skipper File

Elon Musk's Hyperloop ultra high-speed transport system will be unveiled in Los Angeles in early December with free test rides to the public, the entrepreneur announced. The public can take free rides on the futuristic, high-speed underground shortcut on the following day that is December 11.

Musk tweeted on Monday (NZT) that his aspiring underground transportation project would open its first test tunnel in Hawthorne, south of the city's global airport. Through his tunnel-digging firm, the Boring Co., Musk envisions the construction of a zero-emissions underground transit system that transports people using high-speed electric sleds.

The Boring Company's website says the tunnel runs from SpaceX's parking lot east of Crenshaw Boulevard and south of 120th Street, then turns west under 120th Street, and remains underground along 120th Street for 2 miles.

Musk previously said his tunnelling company "started out as a joke" and acknowledged the project might fail.

The Boring Company also has a contract with the city of Chicago to build a loop to the city's O'Hare International Airport.

When the tunnel underneath Los Angeles is built, it will be capable of carrying pedestrians, vehicles, and cyclists at high speeds underneath the city, circumventing traffic. Companies developing the technology include Virgin Hyperloop One and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.

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