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Billionaire Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk Friday revealed his ambitious plan to move Los Angeles’ traffic underground.
At a TED conference, he released a short video of the concept. His plan includes platforms that act like elevators carrying the cars to an underground series of tunnels.
The platforms then transport the cars at speeds of more than 120 miles an hour.
originally posted by: toysforadults
a reply to: Sublimecraft
I hope they have a plan for that.
originally posted by: Antipathy17
How friggin deep would it need to be to leave the city undisturbed?
It's one thing to dream, it's another to be delusional. How damn expensive would this be? Seems like it would be out of his price range.
originally posted by: Outlier13
a reply to: toysforadults
2 things I find not well thought out with regards to this idea. The first is why, of all places being LA, would you want to put anything underground where seismic activity is on-going and highly unpredictable? The second is who, in their right mind, would choose to travel underground versus above ground? I love to drive and I love seeing the countryside when I do. Where is the fun in traveling through a tunnel in a ground? I've driven through long tunnels before and they have a very hypnotic dull feeling to them.
originally posted by: HannahForever
Elon is the beauty of ideas and knows how to get money out of governments pocket
originally posted by: Sublimecraft
I wonder how his tunnel will stand-up to the physical scrutiny of an earthquake (I acknowledge he has had engineers address this) and whether his infrastructure would make things better or worse, in the case of an earthquake hitting LA?
Experience shows that underground structures, especially deep ones, are far less vulnerable to earthquakes than superficial ones. The latter are endangered by earthquakes due to the fact that the motion of the ground can be amplified by the response of the structure to such an extent that the induced strains damage the structure. The earthquake waves can also be amplified within soft superficial strata. In addition, loose water-saturated soil may loose its strength (so-called liquefaction), and this can lead to landslides or failure of foundations and retaining walls. In contrast, deep buried structures, especially flexible ones, are not expected to oscillate independently of the surrounding ground, i.e. amplification of the ground motion can be excluded