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World Elon Musk's 'public transit' in Vegas people driving slowly in tunnel

03:20  11 april  2021
03:20  11 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Local media outlets in Las Vegas were invited for a sneak peek of Elon Musk ’ s new form of ‘ public transit ’ on Thursday. But just how futuristic is this technology, which Musk ’ s Boring Company has dubbed the “Loop”? That depends how futuristic you think a car being driven slowly by a human The million Las Vegas Loop, a tunnel sitting 40 feet underground, is about 1.5 miles long and has three stops around the Las Vegas Convention Center: Central Station, which is underground, as well as West Station and South Station, which are both above ground. Mick Akers, a reporter with the Review

By still forcing people to drive cars, we prevent public transportation , which would allow us to massively reduce the number of vehicles needed, thus increasing the energy efficiency, from every getting established. Why would this be a problem or surprise anyone? The cars are meant to drive themselves through the tunnels at high speed. The tunnels were never meant to be driven through by people .

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It sounded like something out of science fiction: people being whisked across a busy American city in driverless vehicles, reaching speeds of up to 155mph.

But the reality seems to be far less exciting, with the first look of Elon Musk's public transportation system in Las Vegas having been unveiled to disappointing and lackluster reviews.

Instead of the futuristic cars zipping people from place to place, it is regular Tesla vehicles, being driven by humans trundling through a tunnel at just 35mph - although the lighting is colorful and flashy.

And it isn't clear if the system will ever develop into anything more like what was promised, as Musk's company didn't answer questions, according to press reports.

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Elon Musk ' s Boring Company has unveiled its Vegas Loop at convention center. Plans promised to take passengers in driverless Tesla vehicles that would hold up to 16 from one side of the campus to the other traveling at up to 155mph. But the unveiling has led to both disappointing and lackluster reviews. ' Elon Musk ' s ' Public Transit ' in Las Vegas Still Just Humans Driving Cars Slowly in a Tunnel ,' wrote tech website Gizmodo. ' Elon Musk ' s Dumb Tesla Tunnel Now The Lamest Thing In Las Vegas !' added tech and motoring site Jalopnik , while CNET's Roadshow also declared the tunnel to

Local media outlets in Las Vegas were invited for a sneak peek of Elon Musk ’ s new form of ‘ public transit ’ on Thursday. But just how. But just how futuristic is this technology, which Musk ’ s Boring Company has dubbed the “Loop”? That depends how futuristic you think a car being driven slowly by a human inside of a tunnel might be. The $US52 () million Las Vegas Loop, a tunnel sitting 12.19 m underground, is about 3 km long and has three stops around the Las Vegas Convention Centre: Central Station, which is underground, as well as West Station and South Station, which are both above ground.

Musk's underground transportation system located beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center campus was supposed to serve as a quick way to move convention attendees throughout the 200-acre campus, 40 feet beneath the ground in all-electric Tesla vehicles.

But the unveiling has led to both disappointing and lackluster reviews.

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Stop Calling Elon Musk ’ s Boring Tunnel Public Transit . Does this look like a “ people mover” to you? For the 175,000 tech fans descending on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show this week, one of the must-see attractions is located not among the acres of trade-show booths, but just outside the convention center. In November 2019, Elon Musk ’ s Boring Company started work here on a project for its first paying customers: an underground transportation system that will carry passengers less than a mile from one end of the convention center to the other.

Elon Musk ' s tunneling firm invited members of the media to check out the 1.7-mile-long loop that runs beneath the Las Vegas Convention Center ahead of its debut this summer. And clips from the event show that the underground transportation network functions essentially as the billionaire described : "basically just Teslas in tunnels Videos shared online show a parade of slow -moving Teslas dipping in and out of tunnels and driving around stations. The system is illuminated up by color-changing lights, making the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop look equal parts transit network and night club.

'Elon Musk's 'Public Transit' in Las Vegas Still Just Humans Driving Cars Slowly in a Tunnel,' wrote tech website Gizmodo.

'Elon Musk's Dumb Tesla Tunnel Now The Lamest Thing In Las Vegas!' added tech and motoring site Jalopnik, while CNET's Roadshow also declared the tunnel to be 'lame'.

Costing $52.5 million, the Boring Construction Company has built two one-way, 0.8-mile tunnels and three passenger stations which connects the existing convention center campus to the 1.4 million square foot West Hall expansion.

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The Boring Company's project in Las Vegas was supposed to be the first real demonstration of Elon Musk ' s vision for re-imagining public transportation in cities. Musk , who has criticized traditional public transit such as subways, contended he could do much better. He tweeted out visions in 2018 of glass pods, picking up relaxed passengers from thousands of stations the size of single parking spaces that blend into cities, and said it would look "a bit" like that. While more images are still to come, so far the rendered reality is turning out wildly differently.

Elon Musk ' s tunneling venture completed the digging on its people mover at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The billionaire's views on public transit have come under fire from experts in the past. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The Boring Company completed the second of two tunnels underneath Las Vegas ' convention center that will eventually be part of a Tesla-powered people mover system. According to a press release, the boring machine broke through a concrete wall on Thursday connecting two ends of the 4,500-foot tunnel .

Ultimately, the system will allow for up to 4,400 convention attendees per hour to be whisked across the sprawling campus in just under two minutes. It's a journey which on foot would take approximately 25 minutes.

Early plans for the system depicted vehicles that could carry 16 people at once but for now, it is regular electric Model 3 and Model X Tesla cars providing the rides.

The vehicles only travel at 35-40 mph because of the short distance of the tunnels rather than the 150mph they might be capable.

Furthermore, the system will be staffed with drivers instead of them operating autonomously.

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When fully up and running, the system is designed to transport up to 4,400 people per hour in more than 60 cars under the 200-acre campus, authority officials said.

'We are excited to have partnered with Elon's company to bring this transportation 'first' to our valued convention customers,' said Steve Hill, LVCVA president and CEO. 'The expanded Loop system, when developed, will be a game-changer and a new 'must experience' attraction for our visitors.'

'We're grateful to LVCVA and all local stakeholders for providing us the opportunity to construct our first commercial project in one of the world's most dynamic destinations,' added Steve Davis, president of The Boring Company. 'We are proud to have developed and delivered an exciting transportation solution to the Las Vegas Convention Center.'

a computer sitting on top of a car: There's no sign of the vehicles which the original plans promised to take passengers in driverless Tesla vehicles that would hold up to 16 people from one side of the campus to the other traveling at up to 155mph © Provided by Daily Mail There's no sign of the vehicles which the original plans promised to take passengers in driverless Tesla vehicles that would hold up to 16 people from one side of the campus to the other traveling at up to 155mph a view of a living room: A computer model of the Las Vegas tunnel, which will transport passengers in small, autonomous vehicles, each holding eight to 16 passengers although there is no sign of this yet © Provided by Daily Mail A computer model of the Las Vegas tunnel, which will transport passengers in small, autonomous vehicles, each holding eight to 16 passengers although there is no sign of this yet

The creation of the underground transportation system was born out of Musk's desire to solve the problem of traffic gridlock and the company has been focused.

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As a result, the company is focused on building low-cost, fast-to-build underground transportation systems to alleviate traffic congestion.

The LVCVA has constructed and fully developed the system less than two-and-a-half years.

The 0.8 mile tunnel runs from the Convention Center to the city's famous Strip - but could be expanded in the future © Provided by Daily Mail The 0.8 mile tunnel runs from the Convention Center to the city's famous Strip - but could be expanded in the future

Musk has also advocated for a futuristic underground tunnel system for trains, called the Hyperloop, which would allow passenger capsules on Tesla-built chassis to move through low-pressure tubes at high speeds.

He aspires eventually to build such a system linking Washington and New York along the busy US Northeast corridor; he has also proposed projects for Chicago and Los Angeles.

The billionaire hopes Boring's people-moving technology will help revolutionize urban transit in an ever more crowded world.

He says the idea came to him as he sat in growing frustration in his car, stuck in a traffic jam between his pricey villa in Bel Air, California and the SpaceX offices in Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles.

a man standing in front of a guitar: Musk has long advocated a futuristic underground train system, called the Hyperloop, that would allow passenger capsules on Tesla-built chassis to move through low-pressure tubes at high speeds © Provided by Daily Mail Musk has long advocated a futuristic underground train system, called the Hyperloop, that would allow passenger capsules on Tesla-built chassis to move through low-pressure tubes at high speeds a close up of a metal ramp: Musk's Twitter followers said they would be interested in more 'super safe earthquake-proof tunnels' for emission free vehicles. The Los Angeles test tunnel is pictured © Provided by Daily Mail Musk's Twitter followers said they would be interested in more 'super safe earthquake-proof tunnels' for emission free vehicles. The Los Angeles test tunnel is pictured Read more

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