Elon Musk tweeted Sunday that his underground transportation project will open its first test tunnel in December in Hawthorne, Calif. Musk went on to explain that the Boring Company will host an opening event on its launch, and free rides will be provided to the public the following day.
The engineers at work on the Boring Co.'s tunnel, which now runs for a mile beneath city streets, have signaled that they intend to finish as they started: away from the public eye.
While the trial tunnel injects a dose of realism to his vision of a hyperfast underground system, key questions remain. One of the proposed routes would take passengers from the District of Columbia to NY in under 30 minutes.More news: LeBron James makes Lakers debut, reveals secret ingredient to success: oatmeal
The 3.2-kilometre tunnel is designed for electric sleds which move at speeds of up to 200 km/h over magnetic rails; technology akin to his more ambitious but undeveloped hyperloop system.
A Tesla inside the Boring Company test tunnel.