Elon Musk’s Tunnel Under Las Vegas for Self-Driving Cars Is Almost Finished

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., arrives in a modified Tesla Model X electric vehicle during an unveiling event for the Boring Company Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday, allowing reporters and invited guests to take some of the first rides in the revolutionary albeit bumpy subterranean tube — the tech entrepreneur’s answer to what he calls “soul-destroying traffic.” (Robyn Beck/Pool Photo via AP)

For most of 2020, Elon Musk has dominated news headlines for SpaceX rocket launches and Tesla’s wild stock movements, so much so that it’s easy to forget that another Musk-owned transportation venture, The Boring Company, has also been making rapid progress.

On Tuesday, Musk announced on Twitter that, after a full year in the making, The Boring Company’s first operational “loop tunnel” in Las Vegas is “almost done.”

“Tunnels under cities with self-driving electric cars will feel like warp drive,” the entrepreneur described the future in a tweet.

Tunnels are the final piece along with electric vehicles and self-driving to complete Musk’s green, driverless urban transportation dream.

The Boring Company built a test tunnel in 2018 near its headquarters in Hawthorne, California. A year later, it landed a commercial contract in Las Vegas to build a loop tunnel system for public use. According to The Boring Company’s proposal, the final system will be able to shuttle passengers in self-driving Tesla cars between any two destinations in Sin City within minutes.

Construction of the initial twin tunnels near the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) was complete in May. The system is expected to be ready for public use for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2021. But the event has been moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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SOURCE: Observer, Sissi Cao