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Eccentric inventor hopes to build 125-mph electric sleds to speed cars through tunnels.

A 2016 tweet from entrepreneur Elon Musk marks the genesis of the eccentric genius’s Boring Company.

"Traffic is driving me nuts," he tweeted in December, 2016. "Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging..."

With the Boring Company, Musk intends to do just that. The company’s vision is based on a network of tunnels that speed cars underground at high speed. A promotional video shows elevators descending on elevators then whizzing through subterranean tunnels to their destinations. Musk hopes the technology will make traffic jams nothing but an unpleasant memory.

The Boring Company joins Tesla, SpaceX, and other Musk ventures to explore sustainable technology, neurotech, artificial intelligence, space exploration, and more.

Boring demoed a high-speed electric sled on Friday, confirming that its new technology was capable of transporting single cars at 125 miles per hour. Musk said Boring Company technology would allow drivers to travel from Westwood, California, to Los Angeles International Airport in just five minutes.

A pipe dream? Maybe. But Boring’s first test tunnel is already under construction. The company's long-term plans include a network of tunnels to link destinations all over greater Los Angeles.