Netease Technology News on June 6, according to CNBC, Elon Musk is no stranger to controversy, even his tunneling company Boring Company cannot avoid it. The company is trying to solve current traffic congestion in alternative ways, including digging a public transport tunnel underground in Los Angeles. However, the project was severely criticized by the local community for fear of a tunnel excavation that could cause earthquakes and damage homes.
Two community groups representing the West End district of Los Angeles have brought the City of Los Angeles to court because the government has not conducted an environmental review of the project. However, the Los Angeles City Department is still trying to speed up the project. At the state level, the California legislature earlier this year tried to pass legislation to prevent Musk's Boring Company from selling flamethrowers to the public, but it also ended in failure.
When Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the event on May 23, he explained why he supported Boring Company and why he wanted to use Los Angeles as a testing ground. He believes that Musk's company embodies his original intent to develop a diverse technology ecosystem in the city, and Los Angeles does not want to force Musk to try his own ideas elsewhere.
SpaceX, a Musk-owned rocket company, topped the recently revealed list of CNBC's "Top 50 Disruptors" in 2018. The company is committed to developing reusable rockets and plans to send humans to Mars. SpaceX is headquartered in Hawthorne, Los Angeles County. "I like companies like SpaceX," Gahiti said. "They will change the whole model." But Gahiti added that Musk's company is unlikely to calm Los Angeles residents and they worry about their backyard being dug. "SpaceX engineers will join the new company, the Boring Company, who has never done construction work," he said.
Gahiti refers to Steven Davis, a former SpaceX engineer who led the Boring Company's underground tunneling project in Los Angeles. Gahiti said: "Who knows if it will succeed, but it's not worth a try? As Americans, don't we want to see our technology work and then apply it in our own backyard, but in China, Dubai or Other places that seem more adventurous? "
Traffic analysis company INRIX named Los Angeles the world's most congested city for the sixth consecutive year in 2017. INRIX estimates that Los Angeles drivers were trapped for an average of 102 hours in 2017, which cost Los Angeles more than $ 19.2 billion. Faced with such numbers, it is not difficult to understand why Gahiti turned to the tech community in Los Angeles for help in an attempt to break the deadlock. "I think Los Angeles' reputation as a technology testing ground is growing, and transportation technology is undoubtedly one of them. We hope to test various new technologies here," he said.