Musk unveils underground transport tunnel

Elon Musk has allowed invited guests to take some of the first rides ever on his transport tunnel.
Elon Musk has allowed invited guests to take some of the first rides ever on his transport tunnel.

Elon Musk has unveiled his underground transportation tunnel, allowing invited guests to take some of the first rides ever on the tech entrepreneur's solution to "soul-destroying traffic".

Guests boarded Musk's Tesla Model S and were driven on Los Angeles-area surface streets about two kilometres away to what's known as O'Leary Station on Tuesday.

The station sits smack dab in the middle of a residential neighbourhood. It consists of a wall-less lift that slowly took the car down a wide shaft, roughly nine metres below the surface.

Reporters described the rides as bumpy but impressive. At least one experienced motion sickness.

The tunnel, meant to be a "proof of concept," runs just over a kilometre under Musk's SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne.

Australian Associated Press