Another one of Elon Musk’s companies is coming under fire. This time, the Boring Company is being branded as a “death trap” due to traffic jams in its underground tunnels. The tunnel in question, the Las Vegas Loop, sits 40 feet underground.
A video circulating on social media shows a Tesla driving through the loop before coming to a complete standstill behind a line of other cars. Traffic jams in such a small area have social media users concerned. Some Reddit users were even worried that “if a car catches fire, people will die.”
This is an unfortunately ironic situation, as Elon Musk has previously said that his tunnels will be the solution to traffic jams. New inventions take time to get up and running smoothly, but some feel like this could be a serious safety concern. Instead of being the answer to traffic jams, people are beginning to think it’s the deadly opposite. “Ok eh…. what happens if there’s a crash and a fire ? How will people get out ? This is a death trap and a disaster waiting to happen. Especially with Tesla battery fires…,” said one Reddit user.
However, the Boring Company website states that there are several fire safety protocols in place. “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,” the site says. The tunnels are reportedly safe to exit if passengers need to. Plus, there’s a ventilation system that draws any smoke away from people.
You can watch the traffic jam video below.
Elon Musk Has Big Plans for Boring Company
The Las Vegas Loop is just the beginning of Musk‘s plans for the Boring Company. The Las Vegas Loop opened in April of 2021. It came with a hefty price tag of $52.5 million. The tunnel system spans about 1.7 miles and has three stations spread throughout. People are saying that the traffic jam was most likely due to one of the stations being closed. There are also 29 parking spots sprinkled throughout the tunnel.
The tunnel only allows for cars to go up to 40 mph. During the traffic jam, Teslas were only hitting speeds of 4 mph. 70 Tesla vehicles are currently being used in the tunnel, which is a lot. Coupled with the south hall of the tunnel being closed, things can easily get messy. It’s an embarrassing incident for a company claiming to be the answer to all traffic congestion.
The Boring Company plans to continue building tunnels in Las Vegas. The next step for them is to construct a 29-mile long tunnel that has 51 stations. This tunnel would also be underground, of course. It would run from places like hotels/casinos on the strip, to the football stadium, to the McCarran International Airport. Hopefully, Elon Musk & Co. get everything figured out before they go building any other tunnels.