Elon Musk Changes Plans For The Boring Company

Elon Musk has recently announced a shift in plans for one of his new startup companies known as the Boring Company. This change in plans includes a new focus on hyperloop and tunnels designed for pedestrian and cyclist use.
The initial concept behind the Boring Company was the design and construction of a tunnel network for vehicular use that would allow cars to be propelled by electric sleds to destinations inside the tunnels. The idea was updated with the concept of the Hyperloop a transportation system that reduced the pressure inside the tunnels by utilizing a pump system to allow the sleds to travel and even more rapid paces. Elon Musk has now specified that the Boring Company will be focusing on transporting pedestrians and cyclists.
https://electrek.co/2018/03/09/elon-musk-boring-company-hyperloop-tunnels-pedestrian-cyclist/
Elon Musk still plans to provide transportation options for those that wish to move their vehicles but not until the needs of pedestrian transportation have been sufficiently met. The Boring Company currently has several ongoing total construction projects underneath the city of Los Angeles. Just last year they revealed a concept map of the tunnel network currently being developed underneath the city. They have already completed a 100 m long tunnel with an entrance in the parking lot of SpaceX in Hawthorne. They have already received confirmation to begin the process of extending this tunnel by an additional 2 miles in order to connect Hawthorne to the Los Angeles International Airport. Elon Musk believes that this tunnel project will be completed in about 3 to 4 months.
In addition, the Boring Company has recently filed for activation permits to begin developing plans for a new route. This new route will be a 6.5-mile tunnel that will serve as a proof of concept for the company. The shift in design from transporting cars on the trick sleds to a focus on pedestrians has drawn some critics to state that this is very similar to the traditional subway systems that are already in place in numerous cities around the world. However, it has been stated that in comparison to traditional subway systems the tunnel network would allow for a much greater number of entry and exit points along the routes that the sleds are traveling along. The Hyperloop project will continue as planned.

Elon Musk Sells Millions Worth of Flamethrowers

Oh Elon Musk. Most of us know this innovator as the founder of the company SpaceX, or owner of the well known electric car company Tesla, but Elon likes to step out of the box once in a while. A good example of this is his latest product release, which isn’t an electric car or new rocket, but a flamethrower.

That’s right, Elon Musk just released a flamethrower. Through The Boring Company, which Elon also founded, Musk himself has released a flamethrower commercially for public purchase by anyone. Yes, you yourself can own a flamethrower made by Elon Musk. The flamethrower itself retails for $500, and is expected to start shipping in spring. What’s even more amazing is that this product has only been available for pre-order for a little over 48 hours, and in that time it has sold over 10,000 units! Elon announced they would only be selling 20,000, but with half of that already sold, it means that Musk and his company have netted over $5,000,000. Also available for purchase is a small fire extinguisher branded by The Boring Company. Retailing at $30 even the companies website tells you that you can find a cheaper fire extinguisher elsewhere, but this one is cooler.

I know what you’re thinking, why is Elon Musk selling flamethrowers? Why would a man with plans as monumental as colonizing Mars take time out of his busy schedule to sell some sort of weapon that shoots out flames? Well, as stated above Elon founded The Boring Company, and with being founder you have to promote your company. Elon did so by announcing he would sell a limited number of flamethrowers if he sold 50,000 of his The Boring Company hats.

All in all it seems like Elon just enjoys having a good time like the rest of us. This was a successful marketing move to advertise his company while giving consumers a fun experience. Plus, you can’t tell me you wouldn’t want your own mini flamethrower, right? Check out this article that has a picture of the flamethrower itself, as well as a tweet from Elon himself about passing the 1,000 sold mark.

Elon Musk: Boring to the Future

When I heard about Elon Musk’s Boring company I was a little unsure how I felt about it. In fact, I didn’t even know he had such a project going on. You would think that this man has enough on his hands to keep a whole team of engineers and innovators grasping for personal time. Yet, Musk continues to push the boundaries of our everyday life. The Boring Company is yet another project Musk is carefully pulling the strings on but the world may not be ready for another one of his ambitious projects.
The goal is to build an underground system of rails that will allow people to be transported without the need of driving. It would alleviate road congestion and the driver wouldn’t even have to pay attention to the road. Not to mention the fact that it would probably beat your highway times as the sleds your car will be transported in could reach around 130 mph. A Techcruch article suggested this was a long ways in the future but if implemented one rail at a time there’s no telling how popular they would be. Their usage would be the driving force obviously. There would have to be plenty of adopters to keep the boring going. I can’t say I see a reason why this wouldn’t work. A little scary at first but who wouldn’t love to save miles, gas and attention that could be spend elsewhere. Not only that but most vehicle collisions are due to driver error. With this underground rail system everything will be automated via computer system.
The pros vastly outweigh the cons here without a doubt. It has been very apparent for some time that we cannot continue to live as we have the last 100 years. We are doing more than our fair share of damage and the amount of people trying to balance it just aren’t making enough of a difference. Elon Musk has been trying to improve our lives with almost every move he makes. Taking the environment into account while simultaneously trying to improve humanity might not unfold how we imagined. I feel this is the beginning of a new world, a world we can all look forward to.