Elon Musk's drilling company The Boring Company has announced its intention to radically accelerate the pace of tunneling. To do this, it needs new technologies and engineering solutions, which are proposed to be developed by third-party companies specializing in mining equipment and tunneling. The main criterion is as follows: participants need to overtake Gary's snail while laying the test tunnel.
Earlier, at the start of The Boring Company, Elon Musk constantly criticized the speed of construction of new tunnels. He once stated that even snails move 14 times faster. And therefore, to catch up with a snail, or even better to surpass it, is already a good result. You will have to prove everything in a real competition with Gary, a real snail and a mascot of the company.
The competition is scheduled for next spring, the rules are not yet fully clear - in particular, how to get Gary himself to go the distance. The rest of the participants will have to build tunnels with a length of at least 30 m and a diameter of 0.5 m. Inside the tunnel, you need to mount a transport platform, the speed and accuracy of which also affect the victory in the competition. All startups, inventors and snail trainers are invited.