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[Slashdot] - Elon Musk's 'Boring Company' Finishes Digging Second Tunnel in Las Vegas

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"Not all of Elon Musk's projects have been thwarted by the coronavirus pandemic," writes Bloomberg. Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quotes Popular Mechanics: After a year's worth of digging, Elon Musk's The Boring Company has completed the second tunnel for its underground people-mover system at the Las Vegas Convention Center. It's keeping in step with an anticipated opening date in January 2021 — just in time for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES)... Back in May 2019, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors first approved the contract, and by February 2020, The Boring Company had completed the first tunnel... The Boring Company plans to carry groups of 12 to 16 passengers in pods constructed with modified Tesla chassises. At speeds of up to 155 miles per hour, these adapted Model 3 and Model X trams will have the capacity to transport about 4,000 visitors per hour, said Steve Hill, the CEO and president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, in an interview with The Verge. Hill said the pods will one day operate through the tunnels autonomously (Musk's company refers to them as autonomous electric vehicles, or AEVs), but will use human drivers at the outset. "Whenever we get to the point where we know that [it's safe to let the vehicles drive themselves]," Hill said, "that's when we'll take that step. But there is not a deadline for making that happen." "No matter the barrier, Vegas doesn't stop," brags a tweet from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (using the hashtag #VegasMeansBusiness). "Once completed, the people mover will be The Boring Company's first commercial transportation project in operation," notes the Verge, "following only a test tunnel next to SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California."

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