After months of waiting, interesting news arrives on The Boring Company, yet another Elon Musk company to grind goals.
The "gang of the hole" of the South African tycoon is digging tunnels to connect the two ends of the Las Vegas Convention Center. A litmus test before launching similar transportation systems in all US cities, and then around the world.
Clearing the distances in Las Vegas
Once open to all, the test tunnel in Las Vegas will reduce a busy path to a "blitz" of a few minutes, to be traversed with two modified Tesla Model 3 and Model X.
The vehicles will drive passengers through the approximately 2,5km stretch at speeds of up to 35 mph (56,3 kilometers per hour).
Las Vegas instantly
Once the routes have been finalized, The Boring Company will then focus on newly developed vehicles that would add passenger capacity to the convenience of the rapid route. Steve hill, CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority has shown extreme confidence in this solution in a statement these days.
The mystery of "high-capacity" vehicles
Among Hill's advances on the Las Vegas tunnel, one sobering: Tesla could build 16-passenger vehicles. The comment is not very clear, and no one knows how they might look (given the size of the tunnels they would be a sort of large limousine).
What I think is that in times of a pandemic it does not seem like a very good idea to increase the "capacity" of a means of transport. The trend is opposite, and Las Vegas is no exception. Who knows tomorrow, though.
The precedent of 2018
It seems like a century ago, but only in 2018 Elon Musk shared rendering of futuristic spaceships passengers can accommodate 16 people at a time. The Las Vegas tunnels will feature highly iridescent and dynamic LED lighting, which promises to transform the boring, white tunnels into a source of visual entertainment.
A 16-person vehicle could make The Boring Co.'s tunnels more efficient, sure. Once completed, the tunnels will transfer Convention Center passengers between three different stations.
Moving hundreds of thousands of visitors from one place in Las Vegas to another two at a time sounds equally odd.