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Published on July 26th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Watch First Boring Company Elevator In Action, CR Reinstates Tesla Model S Top Rating

July 26th, 2017 by  
 

In the world of Tesla and Elon Musk, it’s all news, all the time and not one iota of it is fake. Give Elon his due. The man gets things done. He has been pushing his idea of boring tunnels beneath America aggressively lately. Yesterday, a video of the car carrying elevator in action appeared on Instagram for the first time.

Boring Company Elevator Test

Testing The Boring Company car elevator

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on

The test apparently went well, although the driver inside the car may have had some anxiety. Functioning much like a trap door in the stage at a Broadway play, the elevator is designed to lower a vehicle to the level of the underground tunnel nearby, where it will be loaded onto an electric sled and inserted into the flow of other cars speeding their way to their destination in the city center or across town, where another elevator will bring them back to the surface.

There is some ambiguity surrounding Elon’s latest tunnel Tweets. Will the Boring Company tunnels be used for transporting vehicles or as conduits for Hyperloop pods? The answer, as best as anyone can figure out, is “both.” The tunnels will be able to withstand the reduced atmospheric pressure needed to make the high speeds envisioned for the Hyperloop feasible.

There are some who question the real world throughput capability of Musk’s tunnel plan. Imagine a toll booth on a busy highway on Memorial Day weekend. Drivers might be able to cruise along at 75 mph all day until the toll booth. Then traffic backs up, tempers flare, and horns blare. It’s not hard to imagine the lines leading to one of Mr. Musk’s fabulous elevators stretching back for miles. But then again, the great ones like Musk are always challenged by the lack of vision exhibited by the masses.

Consumer Reports Puts Model S Back On Top

Tesla Model S used in Boring Company elevator test.

In other Tesla news, Consumer Reports has completed testing the Tesla Model S sedan after a software upgrade fixed the problem with automatic emergency braking the testers discovered earlier this year. Now that the issue has been resolved, CR has restored the Model S to its list of top ranked large luxury cars.

Tesla experienced significant delays in getting its new Autopilot system with the Hardware 2 suite of sensors to work as well as the older version of the system. It promised parity before the end of last year, but didn’t actually get the software right until several months later. CR’s lower ranking occurred in April and was designed to spur Tesla to deliver on its promise.

The important thing here is not the rating but the ability of Tesla to update its cars wirelessly over the air, something it has been doing since the beginning but other manufacturers are only now emulating. The wait was tedious for many Tesla owners who purchased cars manufactured since last October when the new hardware package came available, but at least they didn’t have to bring their cars to a dealer to get the upgraded software installed. The changes all took place seamlessly in the background while they slumbered. The number of auto makers who can duplicate that feat is extremely small.





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    Could be nasty if you were innocently zipping along on the inside lane in your Ford truck and you came across one of those lifts that had stuck a foot (or more) below the road surface.

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