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Elon Musk’s LA tunnelling plans criticised by expert

Elon Musk’s Boring Company LA tunnelling plans have been criticised by a tunnelling expert.

Speaking to Forbes Magazine, Herbert Einstein, a tunnelling expert and engineering professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has said Musk’s plans to tunnel faster and cheaper than current technology allowed are flawed.

“His machines that build tunnels look pretty standard. I’ve not seen anything from him that is different from what other people do except for the smaller diameter,” Einstein told the magazine.

Einstein went to say that the development of the transportation pods that will travel through the smaller tunnels.  “This really looks like more a vehicle development, rather than tunnel development” he added.

According to Einstein, the Boring Company’s plans for a 4.3m diameter tunnel should be faster and cheaper to build than modern subway tunnels that may be closer to 8.6m.

But he warned, “The smaller you go, the more quickly you can build it and the cheaper. That is certainly the case, but I don’t know if it’s massively lower.”

Earier this month the Los Angeles Times reported that Elon Musk’s Boring Company’s plans for a tunnel network in LA could be fast tracked and that Musk had invested $100M (£70M) of his own money into the startup.

 

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