Elon Musk abrirá al público la primera versión de su túnel de alta velocidad el 10 de diciembre en L.A.


Elon Musk ha anunciado que el túnel de prueba para su concepto de metro de alta velocidad se inaugurará oficialmente en Los Ángeles el 10 de diciembre. Musk, quien hizo la promesa en Twitter anoche, dijo que el público incluso obtendrá viajes gratis en aproximadamente 2 Ruta de prueba de millas al día siguiente, martes 11 de diciembre.

Oficialmente llamado The Loop (que no debe confundirse con el Hyperloop aún imaginario), Musk recibió la aprobación para construir la ruta de 2 millas en la ciudad de Hawthorne, California, a lo largo de la calle 120. Hawthorne, situado cerca del aeropuerto LAX, es técnicamente independiente de Los Ángeles, pero la mayoría de los lugareños solo lo ven como otra parte de la ciudad en expansión de L.A.

El experimento de Musk, construido por su empresa The Boring Company, se anuncia que tiene una velocidad máxima de 155 mph (250 km / h), pero aún no está claro qué tan rápido llegarán los pasajeros del punto A al punto B. Detalles sobre la velocidad a la que acelera a esa velocidad máxima No se han hecho públicos.

El metro de Los Ángeles existente tiene una velocidad de operación promedio de poco más de 25 mph.

Las fotos en el sitio web de la compañía muestran el túnel Hawthorne, que parece idéntico a cualquier otro sistema de trenes subterráneos en el mundo.

The Boring Company ganó una oferta en junio para construir un sistema de metro de alta velocidad para Chicago que recorrerá las 18 millas entre el centro de Chicago y el aeropuerto O'Hare en unos 12 minutos. Los trenes existentes de Chicago tardan entre 40 y 45 minutos en recorrer esa misma ruta. Pero la construcción en el túnel de Chicago aún no ha comenzado.

"El propósito es demostrar que se puede construir un ascensor en huellas muy pequeñas y dentro de los edificios existentes, ya sean casas, edificios de oficinas o estacionamientos minoristas", explicó Boring Company en su sitio web sobre el túnel de prueba Hawthorne. "Mirando hacia adelante, uno podría tener un ascensor en el sótano de cada edificio de oficinas, lo que permite desplazamientos extremadamente convenientes".

Muchos fanáticos de Musk en Twitter lo atacaron después del anuncio de que pronto se abriría el túnel L.A. Algunos preguntaron si la fecha del 10 de diciembre era real, aludiendo a los muchos retrasos de Musk para otros proyectos, incluyendo sus autos Tesla.

“¿El 10 de diciembre en tiempo real o el tiempo de Elon?”, Una persona tuiteó en broma con un emoticono de guiño. Musk respondió: "Creo que real".
Elon Musk has announced that the test tunnel for his high-speed subway concept will officially open in Los Angeles on December 10. Musk, who made the promise on Twitter last night, said that the public will even get free rides on the roughly 2-mile test route the following day, Tuesday, December 11.
Officially called The Loop (not to be confused with the still-imaginary Hyperloop), Musk received approval to construct the 2-mile route in the city of Hawthorne, California along 120th Street. Hawthorne, situated near LAX airport, is technically independent of Los Angeles, but most locals just think of it as another part of L.A.’s sprawling city.
Musk’s experiment, constructed by his endeavor The Boring Company, is advertised as having a top speed of 155mph (250kph) but it’s not clear yet how quickly passengers will get from Point A to Point B. Details about how fast it accelerates to that top speed have not been made public. The existing Los Angeles subway has an average operating speed of just over 25 mph.
Photos on the company website show the Hawthorne tunnel, which appears identical to any other underground train system in the world.
The Boring Company won a bid back in June to build a high-speed underground system for Chicago that will travel the 18 miles between downtown Chicago and O’Hare Airport in about 12 minutes. Existing Chicago trains take about 40-45 minutes to travel that same route. But construction on Chicago’s tunnel has not yet started.
“The purpose is to demonstrate that a lift can be built in very small footprints and within existing buildings, whether they are houses, office buildings, or retail parking lots,” the Boring Company explained on its website about the Hawthorne test tunnel. “Looking forward, one could have a lift in the basement of every office building, allowing extremely convenient commutes.”
Musk’s many fans on Twitter ribbed him after the announcement that the L.A. tunnel would soon be opened. Some asked if the December 10 date was real, hinting at Musk’s many delays for other projects, including his Tesla cars.
“Dec 10 in real time or Elon time?” one person tweeted jokingly with a winking emoticon. Musk replied, “I think real.”
The Boring Company produced a concept video for the service earlier this yearwhich shows passengers entering an open-space concept on street level and being taken to an underground system of railways. The concept video doesn’t show how passengers will pay for the service, but Musk has previously said that rides will be just $1.
Musk has been a lightning rod for controversy this year. The billionaire has been engaging in union-busting and was slapped with a libel suit after baselessly calling someone a pedophile on Twitter. Musk is also in hot water with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) after he announced that he might take Tesla private at $420 per share. The price is a reference to marijuana-drugs, which was yet another controversy for Musk after he smoked the devil’s tobacco on a video podcast with Joe Rogan last month. Shareholders weren’t too happy about that.
The long and the short of it? Musk needs a public relations win. And not just a gag-inducing profile in a magazine like Popular Mechanics. He needs a real win. Like an exciting transportation project that makes getting around Los Angeles easier. Could this be it? We might get the answer in just a couple of months.
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