The First Video of Elon Musk's Futuristic Tunnel Sled in Action

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Using a network of underground tunnels and having vehicles zip around on electric sleds, passengers could travel without having to deal with ground-level traffic at speeds up to 124 miles per hour.

This morning, Musk released a video of a real electric sled flying down a tunnel on a monorail track for a test run. He didn't share any info on when we might expect the tunnel to be complete - but we do know the plan is to expand the network to the greater Los Angeles area. It is Gary's natural digging ability that is helping drive Musk's desire to build a more efficient drill, as he told audiences at the TED Conference.

We also get a look at one of the cutter heads of the boring machine slowly rotating.

In the post, Musk said the sleds would automatically switch from tunnel to tunnel, making the commute from Westwood to LAX take five minutes.

This is an exciting test-the speed, the tunnel, the potential to remove gobs of traffic in a fast-maturing electric city. CNET editor Dan Ackerman joins CBSN to discuss Elon Musk's newest ambitions in the tech world.

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The SpaceX and Tesla founder posted the news on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, along with a series of photos about 8 a.m.

Our modern-day DaVinci, Elon Musk, is hard at work bringing his latest venture, the Boring Company, to fruition.

The Boring Company is one of several companies now led by Musk.

Musk's first objective is far less ambitious: It's digging a 500-foot-long pedestrian tunnel that will lead from SpaceX's headquarters to its parking garage on the other side of Crenshaw Boulevard, according to a report from the Daily Breeze.

Musk acknowledged improvement in boring technology may have crossover benefit for another vision of his for using tunnels to speed travel: Hyperloops, in which passengers would be transported in pods at near supersonic speeds through tubes with reduced air pressure.

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