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article imageElon Musk gets green light to expand tunneling project under LA

By Business Insider     Aug 29, 2017 in Business
Building a massive network of underground tunnels is no small technological feat, but securing regulatory approval is arguably the biggest challenge.
Serial entrepreneur Elon Musk said he wants to build a network of 30 underground tunnels beneath Los Angeles that can transport cars on an electric skate. The Boring Company, Musk's latest venture handling the project, has dug a 160-foot test tunnel on SpaceX's parking lot to prove its technology.
Musk's vision still has a long way to go before it becomes a reality, but the SpaceX and Tesla CEO secured a huge win last week when Hawthorne's city council granted him permission to extend the SpaceX tunnel in a 4-1 vote, the Daily Breeze reported.
The vote would allow the Boring Company to extend the tunnel an additional two miles. Although the city council's approval serves as a vote of confidence, the company will still need to secure an "encroachment permit" to actually start digging, Verge reported.
The tunnel can only be used to test the company's tunneling and electric skate technology. The Boring Company did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment.
Boring Company is currently testing a tunnel boring machine that was used for a sewer project in Sunnydale, California. The ultimate goal is to use the machine, named Godot, to learn how tunneling technology can be altered to dig tunnels faster and at a lower cost.
The company will also use the extension to test an electric skate that Musk has said could rocket cars through the tunnel at speeds up to 130 mph.
The Boring Company has already installed the skate, which can fit a Tesla:

A Model S in The Boring Company tunnel being dug under Los Angeles (starting in Hawthorne)

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