Category: The Boring Company

The Boring Company is an infrastructure and tunnel construction company founded by Elon Musk in 2016, with the goal of increasing tunnelling speed by a factor of 5-10. The tunnels are intended to be used in conjunction with electric sleds to transport personal cars at speeds around 200 km/h.

In March 2017, Musk announced that sometime in April the company would start using a tunnel boring machine (TBM) to begin digging a usable tunnel at SpaceX. In July 2017, Musk uploaded a video depicting a successful test of a prototype car elevator.

In March 2018, Elon Musk announced that the company would readjust its plan to prioritize pedestrians and cyclists over cars, which would only be considered for transport after all “personalized mass transit needs” were met.

By late 2018, The Boring Company had completed the design for its third-generation TBM, Prufrock, has ordered the long lead time parts, and will begin to assemble the machine in 2019, slated to support a 15x improvement in tunneling speed over the existing state of the art in 2017.