Elon Musk’s traffic-solving tunnels are causing f#@*en traffic jams

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Elon Musk’s traffic-solving tunnels are causing f#@*en traffic jams

Elon Musk tends to come up on these pages a fair bit. That’s probably because he just can’t keep himself out of the very fabric of the internet. Yeah, nah, the guy’s like cat videos at this point: he’s the gift that keeps on giving. Anyway, as you may or may not be aware, he reckons he can solve traffic jams with his tunnels. So far, though, the evidence isn’t good. Check it out…

Okay, if you know Elon Musk, you know that he’s a divisive character. Some people love him, some people hate him, and some people just want to see what he’s gonna do next. We put ourselves in the third bracket.

For the sake of this story, the subject is his underground ‘traffic-jam-saving’ tunnels. Back in November, Musk tweeted this: “It’s either traffic forever or tunnels. Try our first operational tunnel in Vegas at the convention center! The city just approved a full tunnel network, connecting major hotels, convention center & airport.”

The first tunnel is a loop that Musk’s built as some sort of prototype in Las Vegas. According to Wikipedia, it’s designed as ‘a system to shuttle visitors in a loop underneath the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center.’

Now that people are using it, though, it turns out it’s creating traffic problems. Despite the fact the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show was reportedly low on attendance, footage of a traffic jam consisting solely of Teslas inside one of Musk’s tunnels has appeared online.

Journalist Mick Akers reckons 90 cars used the three-stop loop and traffic was hectic. On top of that, others have criticised the tunnels as death-traps and wonder how people are supposed to escape if there’s a fire. Others have said the tubes are too small to allow you to open your doors properly.

The Musk-owned Boring Company website says, “Loop tunnels are outfitted with emergency exits, fire detection systems, fire suppression systems, and a fire-rated first responder emergency communication system. The systems are tested frequently with local Police and Fire Departments.”

Final thought: Look, we reckon it’s pretty easy to criticise Musk. The guy is not shy in sharing his grand ideas, but in complete fairness to him, he also doesn’t shy away from failure. Yeah, nah, he seems to be prepared to learn from engineering mistakes, so it’ll be interesting to see where this goes next.

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