Tech & Gadget – E-Mediatic http://emediatic.com News and Lifestyle Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:46:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Elon Musk – The Boring Company – Tunnels http://emediatic.com/2017/04/29/elon-musk-boring-company-tunnels/ http://emediatic.com/2017/04/29/elon-musk-boring-company-tunnels/#respond Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:58:05 +0000 http://emediatic.com/?p=183 We need tunnels. Lots of tunnels. Elon Musk had a chance to say a few words this Friday morning at TED. As you would expect, the questions were aiming his next ideas rather than focusing on his achievements. There was still a lot of speculation around his new venture – the Boring Company. We’ve heard him […]

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We need tunnels. Lots of tunnels.

Elon Musk had a chance to say a few words this Friday morning at TED. As you would expect, the questions were aiming his next ideas rather than focusing on his achievements.

There was still a lot of speculation around his new venture – the Boring Company. We’ve heard him mentioning it on occasion, but no details about the new technological breakthrough on his new boring machine or how he intended to implement it to break free from gridlock.

Until now.

 

A network of tunnels

During the TED, a video was shown with this vision. The basic idea is to create a vast network of tunnels that take people from point A to point B. This would create the 3D mesh that would allow unconstrained movement between two points.

The network would consist of a mix between hyperloop tubes and car tunnels. The first would typically be an option between major urban areas given since the hyperloop will be a fast vehicle traveling at supersonic speeds inside a vacuum tube. The second makes sense within the urban area itself, where the traffic jams happen more frequently and on shorter distances.

The Boring Company Tunnels
The Matrix?

 

The car platform

Now, focusing on the car side of the concept, the implementation is a bit more unusual. Neither driver nor (eventually) self-driving cars are doing the driving or the steering on the tunnels.

Despite being design to achieve full autonomy until the end of this year, we can see a Tesla Model S moving on top of a wheeled platform. This platform, then, moves underground until the respective tunnel and seems to move itself on some kind of rail.

This would be a hybrid between a hyperloop and a normal tunnel since there is no vacuum tube but the car and its occupants are given additional safety while still moving at relatively high speeds.

So far, platforms have only been used as a solution for parking on dense urban centers by stacking cars vertically. This solution, arguably simpler than a hyperloop, still presents some technical challenges even after considering that the boring machine proves to be many times more cost efficient than current solutions.

Self-moving platforms are quite the unusual solution for a big problem such as gridlock. But then again, considering what was written on this article, this seems to be Elon’s usual approach to big challenges. What do you think about this one?

The Boring Company Platform
Tesla Model S moving on top of an automatic platform

The Boring Company now feature a very minimalist website and a YouTube channel.

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Elon Musk just got a new toy for the Boring Company http://emediatic.com/2017/04/28/elon-musk-new-toy-boring-company/ http://emediatic.com/2017/04/28/elon-musk-new-toy-boring-company/#respond Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:13:26 +0000 http://emediatic.com/?p=172 Elon Musk was not pleased with L.A. traffic. Time is money, so late last year Elon Musk created a new company - the Boring Company.

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Elon Musk hinted several times that he was not pleased with L.A. traffic. Time is money and his time sure is valuable, split between all his ventures, kids and new girlfriend – Amber Heard. So, finally, late last year his bubble burst and he made a decision. Elon Musk created a new company – the Boring Company.

Elon Musk Boring Company
Twit storm that started it

2D travel on a 3D world

You know that Elon Musk doesn’t follow established conventions. He is all about going back to the basics and find the best, most efficient way to solve a problem or challenge that could potentially have a profound impact on a lot of people.

L.A. traffic jams obviously qualify as problem that affects more than a bunch of drivers. Elon has spoken about this a few times. He sees our regular transit system fundamentally flawed.

We live and work on 3D objects. So, in accordance with him, it doesn’t make sense to have a basically 2D network to travel between 3D structures. It should also be a 3D transit system much like blood vessels work on our body.

Creating air suspended roads might not be the most aesthetic solution. Some point to flying cars. But that would have serious regulatory and be a source of noise pollution.

Thus, the “obvious” solution is to go underground instead of up. This is not without its irony, since his first company that Musk created after PayPal was Space Exploration Technologies – also known as SpaceX.

 

Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…
Elon Musk’s Tweet

 

The Boring Company

Elon Musk has finally announced that he was actually going to do something about it, despite already being CEO of too other time consuming companies.

The Boring Company aims at cutting down the constraints caused by roads crossing each other at the same level. With tunnels you could actually travel from point to point without any obstacle to prevent you from using you lane and your car to the maximum potential (speed). At the same time, you neither cause or suffer from de potential hazard that would be interacting with other vehicles doing so.

 

The image below shows a portion of this new boring machine. We don’t know exactly how it is any better than existing technology. But, if there is something that we know is that the tech savvy entrepreneur is an expert on bringing it down to the basics and then coming up with the most efficient solution.

What do you think the big innovations will be? Leave a comment below.

 

 

Elon Musk Boring Company
The boring machine inside the “big hole” at SpaceX parking lot

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