Elon Musk's "futuristic" subterranean transit system under Las Vegas is like a boring amusement park ride.
Musk's The Boring Company has spent months drilling, digging, paving, lining, and electrifying tunnels under Las Vegas with a promise to whisk passengers in driverless Tesla vehicles at speeds of 155mph. But late last week, a handful of reporters were able to experience the tunnel in a far less exciting way.
Instead of futuristic vehicles zooming through the tunnels, Tesla vehicles hit a maximum speed of about 35 mph, far less than was initially promised.
The first section of the much-touted Vegas tunnel from one end of the Las Vegas Convention Center to the other is 4,475 feet. It's the first of four sections, making a total of about 1.7 miles of tunnel.
According to tweets from Las Vegas Review-Journal's Mick Akers, the media was invited to the tunnel last Thursday.
The latest unveiling of the underground transit system, hidden 40 feet beneath the Las Vegas Convention center, was "about as exciting as a sheet of unpainted drywall discarded in a closed office park," wrote Jalopnik's Jason Torchinsky. He called the tunnel "dumb" and said it was the "lamest thing in Vegas." Watching Tesla Model 3s drive slowly through the tunnel was not exactly what Musk promised. But anyone who has followed the billionaire salesman over the years shouldn't be surprised.
Remember when Musk tweeted this in December 2019?
"Boring Co is completing its first commercial tunnel in Vegas, going from Convention Center to Strip, then will work on other projects," Musk tweeted.
Well, it's 2021...
More on the disappointment:
Gizmodo wrote: "Elon Musk's 'Public Transit' in Las Vegas still just humans driving cars slowly in a tunnel."
CNET's Sean Szymkowski also concluded the tunnel was "lame." He said:
"It seems like this project is quickly turning into Tesla cars driving people underground, rather than some sort of futuristic transport system."
Hopefully, the Boring Company remains in a testing phase, and the colorful, hyped-up tunnel can one day reach faster speeds.
"Unfortunately, for now, it looks sort of disappointing," Szymkowski said.