Want to see The Boring Company’s Las Vegas Community Center (LVCC) Loop in action but aren’t there? Ellie In Space went back and this time it was open. The last time she was there which was about a month ago, Ellie went to the Resorts World passenger station of the LVCC Loop which wasn’t open at the time of her visit.
After attending Tesla’s Cyber Roundup, Ellie was inspired when Elon Musk told everyone to go check out the operational tunnel.
“We actually have an operational tunnel in Vegas right now. If you go to Vegas, go to Resorts World, you can hop in the tunnel and go to the convention center,” Elon Musk said.
In her video, Ellie covers important points such as how flooding would affect the tunnels, an explanation of the colors inside the tunnels, and how long it takes to travel through the tunnel versus walking. One neat fact from Ellie’s video is that within the first year of being open, The Boring Company shuttled over 400,000 guests within the LVCC campus.
One key concern that anyone would have regarding tunnels is the flooding that’s been happening in Vegas. When Ellie asked the driver of the Tesla she rode in, he said that it hasn’t really affected the tunnels from his experience.
“I have yet to experience water being down in the tunnels.”
The colors in the tunnel are not for cosmetic purposes but act as signals to the driver. Red means stop. Yellow means caution or slow down. The blinking lights are for aiming the drivers to the next station to exit in case of an evacuation situation.
“They’re just to let the drivers know who are in the tunnel that, alright, this is a tunnel that you can travel through or this is the tunnel you can’t travel to,” the driver said.
Efficiency is the name of the game and is designed in the zig-zagged parking which Ellie finds out.
“It’s so cars don’t have to go into reverse. Obviously, any time you’re reversing a car, it increases the chances of things going wrong. So, to keep everything efficient, you want to pull in and pull out so that way you’re just staying in one gear always traveling forward and nothing is ever traveling backward.”
I asked Ellie if she had any additional thoughts she’d like ot share with me and she told me that the LVCC Loop alleviates some of the traffic and is free for convention attendees. She also said that the technology will be impressive once it’s driverless.
“While riding in the Vegas loop currently does save time if you are a convention center goer, the technology will truly be impressive once it is driverless. Hopefully, Clark County can get through approvals more quickly because as I understood it from the staff, the technology is ready to go, there is just red tape, of course. A lot of people seem to bash on this idea, but it does alleviate some traffic and as it is free for convention attendees, there shouldn’t be much to complain about.”
You can watch her full video below.