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Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Dec. 18, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube—the tech entrepreneur's answer to what he calls "soul-destroying traffic."
Guests boarded Musk's Tesla Model S and rode along Los Angeles-area surface streets about a mile away to what's known as O'Leary Station. The station, smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood—"basically in someone's backyard," Musk says—consists of a wall-less elevator that slowly took the car down a wide shaft, roughly 30 feet below the surface.