The Boring’s Company Concentrated tunnels on the go they don’t understand exactly, and Elon Musk’s outfit seems ready to change tacky as a result. The Virgin report that one Bloomberg has uttenutu what it says is a Boring Company pitch platform focused on transportation-focused tunnels that would be 21 feet long, or nearly twice as wide as the 12-foot tunnels the company has dug so far. They would be wide enough to hold two shipping containers side by side where only one would be a tight fit in existing tunnels, according to the documents.
The Cargo would sit on “battery-powered freight carriers” that are ultimately moving off shelves.
It’s unclear just how many future customers will receive this pitch, even though San Bernardino County in California is one of them. The Boring Company would like to encourage interest in a freight tunnel that reduces traffic on the roads around the area. It would complete an “Inland Port” concept that companies have been exploring for decades.
This would not be strictly a new effort. The Boring Company has planned transportation almost from the beginning, and frequent rival Virgin Hyperloop has long considered transportation as key part of his plan. This is more of a change of focus than a face, even if significant.
The rethink seems to be in response to a cold reception to The Boring Company’s travel plans. Musk startup abandoned floors for a Los Angeles tunnel in 2018 following a lawsuit over its environmental impact, and the company was already shifting its focus to mass transit and to pedestrians towards the same year. In addition, there are signs that even the Loop oriented to transit it’s not as promising as it initially seemed. TechCrunch noted that the planned Las Vegas Convention Center system could carry only a maximum of 1,200 people per hour, not the 4,000 The Boring Company initially announced. In simple terms, the company’s initial strategy is not as panoramic as expected.
Larger transportation tunnels could help The Boring Company gain more customers, including those who could speed up passenger traffic. As Moles executive director Tom Groark said Bloomberg, however, Musk’s crew may have to be careful about costs. Large tunnels are historically expensive, and The Boring Company may need to employ some unconventional strategies (such as the use of fixed-width tunnels) to make these corridors practical.
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