Elon Musk’s crazy dream of tunnelling a tunnel in a crowded ground is about to become a reality with the help of Boring,media CNET reported. For the first time, we were able to see what a complete, functioning station looked like. Musk shared a rendering of boring’s Las Vegas underground link station on Twitter Wednesday, writing, “It’s coming.” Despite the unconventional form of travel, the station still looks traditional. Since this is a rendering, things can change when the construction worker sits on the job, but this seems to be a realistic expectation.
From the point of view of the lower escalator, we see a small number of Tesla Model 3 electric cars parked — one of the planned vehicles that will drive people driverlessly from one end of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the other. The large screen in front tells the passenger when the vehicle is leaving, and it looks like each Model 3 has a number, possibly to specify which side of the conference hall it is going to go to. The instructions for the tunnel should be easy to understand.
Although not exactly “autonomous driving,” the driverless Model 3 uses a “tracking wheel” that acts like a wheel from under a car to keep it in the lane of a particular tunnel. Acceleration and braking are controlled by on-board software, and the car is said to reach speeds of up to 150 mph.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed in May that both tunnels completed the Las Vegas Ring Road, covering 200 acres. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from one side of the center to the other, but the Boring loop should be shortened to about two minutes.
It is unclear where a 12-seater van is located in the project. Reports and past renderings show a larger vehicle to transport passengers, but when asked about it on Twitter, Musk’s comments suggest that either the vehicle looks very different from the past renderings or it may not happen at all. Boring did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Steve Hill, chief executive of LVCVA, has previously said the centre will wait for a new loop to open if CES is delayed until after January 2021. When asked about any updates to the open plan in the pandemic, the authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the future, Boring’s work could expand across Las Vegas. Musk has said in the past that the company is “very likely” to create new tunnels to connect more downtown locations with Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.