Musk’s underground tunnel opens to traffic, though it doesn’t live up to expectations

This week, Elon Musk’s The Boring Company’s LVCC Loop twin-tunnel system under the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) began transporting passengers, and the system is still in trial operation, with full operation expected in June.

Musk's underground tunnel opens to traffic, though it doesn't live up to expectations

The tunnel is approximately 1.29 kilometers long and has two tunnels that allow cars to travel quickly through the tunnel for more efficient transport.

Musk's underground tunnel opens to traffic, though it doesn't live up to expectations

LVCC Loop, image from: The Verge

The LVCC Loop system has three stops, with the entrance and exit at the beginning and end above ground, and the middle stop about 9.1 meters underground, the same depth as the tunnel.

Boring has said that riders can hail a ride through an app, but this test did not use online hailing, requiring riders to enter the tunnel and take an empty vehicle directly.

In the test, Boring used dozens of Tesla cars, including the Model 3, Model Y, and Model X.

Musk's underground tunnel opens to traffic, though it doesn't live up to expectations

▲Image from: The Independent

Traffic at the Las Vegas Convention Center is known to be congested, especially with the addition of a brand new wing to the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the wait for a cab or online taxi can be quite long.

Boring claims that the LVCC Loop will eventually cut that 45-minute walk down to two minutes, even claiming speeds of up to 241 miles per hour for the underground tunnel, but this week’s test didn’t quite reach that level.

One of the testers said it took an average of 3-5 minutes to get into a car, which was traveling at a mere 64 kilometers per hour.

Musk's underground tunnel opens to traffic, though it doesn't live up to expectations

▲Image from: The Independent

In addition, testers said the most time-consuming part was the congestion at underground stops, where drivers had to bypass other parked cars to get passengers on and off. To save time, drivers even ask passengers to leave the doors open to shorten the time it takes for the next passenger to get on.

For the Boring Company, the biggest problem is still how to build such underground tunnels on a large scale. In addition to the LVCC Loop, Boring wants to build a massive tunnel system that would operate throughout Las Vegas, including the Las Vegas Strip and the airport.

Their goal is to transport 50,000 passengers per hour.

Musk's underground tunnel opens to traffic, though it doesn't live up to expectations

▲Image from: The Boring Company

In addition, The Boring Company stated that

Reaching top speed is one of the most important things.

To achieve this, it would first be necessary to make the Tesla in the tunnel self-driving, and it would be almost impossible to get the driver to drive at 241 km/h in such a narrow tunnel.

But apparently, for now, the tunnel will still have to rely on drivers to make it work.

Title image via: The Boring Company

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