What we thought started as a joke turned out to be one of the biggest projects under the sun of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Most people shrugged off his claims of building an underground tunnel just to bypass the daily traffic in the city. Little did we know that the billionaire entrepreneur was really sketching out plans to commence the Boring Company.

A first of its significant milestones, the Boring Company, on Tuesday, opened its first prototype in Los Angeles. According to the proposed concept, vehicles were supposed to be dropped using an elevator shaft to the tunnel. The cars then deploy tracking wheels that rub against the walls to guide it along the tunnel. However, it is not yet clear how the company is planning to outfit the vehicle with tracking wheels or how it will deploy them.

Boring Company Loop

Musk stated that the system will be compliant to any autonomous vehicles other than Tesla too and that privately owned vehicles fit with deployable tracking wheels can also use it.

According to a series of Musk’s tweet, the retractable wheel gear “turns a car into a rail-guided train & back again.” In its finalised iteration, the vehicles are capable of hitting speeds exceeding 240kph. Reporting from the site of launch, CNN Business reported that the trial tests had the car moving at speeds of 56kph in the 1.8km tunnel.

The prototype featured the Tesla Model X that was fit with proper retractable running gear to be compliant with the tunnel. However, a series of Musk’s tweets suggest that the dedicated Boring Loop vehicles will continuously circulate to pick up pedestrians as well as cyclists. More importantly, Musk also stated that the system will be compliant to any autonomous vehicles other than Tesla too and that privately owned vehicles fit with deployable tracking wheels can also use it.

Boring Company Loop

The Loop vehicle concept

The first tunnel runs from Hawthorne, California, to the SpaceX headquarters. After nearly two years of development, the prototype tunnel reportedly cost $10 million.