Elon Musk’s Boring Company updates loop system using Teslas on Autopilot

A new teaser video released by The Boring Company has provided a glimpse of the tunneling startup’s updated concept for its loop system, which is designed to carry commuters from one point to another. The Boring Company’s new teaser showed a Tesla Model 3 simply traversing the length of a transport tunnel using Autopilot, reaching speeds of up to 127 mph.

The Boring Company’s new teaser featured a comparison between two Model 3s traveling from what appeared to be the corner of Prairie & 120th Street to the corner of Crenshaw & 12259 Rocket Rd in Hawthorne, CA. The results of the comparison were notable, with the Model 3 using the tunnel completing the journey in 1:36:02 and the vehicle traveling above ground completing the route in 4:44:98.

In later comments, Elon Musk noted that the Model 3 which utilized the tunnel was not using the electric skates present in the Model X units that were demonstrated last December during the Hawthorne test tunnel’s opening party. Instead, the vehicle in the new teaser simply had Autopilot enabled as it traveled through the tunnel. With this setup, the electric sedan was able to reach a maximum speed of 127 mph. Compared to the rather bumpy tunnel rides in the Hawthorne test tunnel’s opening party, the Model 3’s journey in the recent teaser appeared to be far smoother.

When asked why The Boring Company opted to use Teslas on Autopilot for its transport tunnel, Musk noted that the solution was “simple and just works.” This bodes well for The Boring Company’s other upcoming projects such as the LVCC Loop in Las Vegas, which is less than a mile long and expected to be completed by the end of the year. By using Teslas on Autopilot, The Boring Company’s projects will likely become much quicker to complete, considering that transport tunnels will no longer require rails.

The Boring Company’s loop system, which is intended to transport multiple passengers, has undergone several iterations over the years. Initial concepts from the tunneling startup show vehicles riding on sleds that traveled at speeds of up to 124 mph. During the Boring Company’s unveiling party for its Hawthorne test tunnel last December, the company showcased a concept that utilized electric skates which are directly attached to vehicles that traveled in the transport tunnel. The startup’s most recent iteration of its loop system concept removes skates altogether.

The changes in The Boring Company’s concepts for the loop system all but show the tunneling startup’s tendency to continually innovate. With this in mind, it would not be surprising if Elon Musk’s tunneling startup comes up with yet more updates to its transport tunnels and its loop system in the near future.

Here’s a look at the evolution of The Boring Company’s transport tunnel concepts.

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