Boring tunnels under Las Vegas will start test operation from February, and the autonomous testing is expected to start before the end of 2021.
Elon Musk's Boring Tunnel project, known as Las Vegas Loop, is becoming more and more concrete. So far, there has been talk of the opening of the first route, located under the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), sometime earlier this year. According to a report, The Boring Co , founded by Musk for these and other tunnel plans, will now receive regular money from February onwards for the operation of at least one Tesla, including the driver, in the two tunnels so far. And before the end of this year, the electric cars leased from the parent company Tesla could, as previously announced, also drive autonomously through the tunnels.
Free rides in the Tesla tunnel
According to a report by the Teslarati blog, this emerges from the minutes of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), which awarded the contract for the system known as the LVCC Loop to Boring. Accordingly, from February onwards, the city will initially pay a fee of $ 167,000 per month for operating and testing the underground system. Part of this agreement is that a Tesla with a person at the wheel will be available for journeys during LVCVA office hours.
On Tuesday, The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board agreed to pay The Boring Company (TBC) up to $6.25 million for the operation and management of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Loop, beginning February 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
According to official documents, the agreement noted a fiscal impact of $1,250,000 in 2021 and $5,000,000 by 2022. The board’s agreement with TBC may be extended for an additional five years after June 30, 2022.
The fact that only one Tesla should be underway under the LVCC for the time being is due to the fact that there are currently no events there due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As soon as that changes, the loop service will also be expanded, reports Teslarati. In the event of a trade fair, Boring would receive up to 30,000 dollars a day from the LVCVA, depending on the size, including leasing the electric cars used by Tesla. According to earlier information , Model 3 and Model X will initially be used , but special vehicles based on Model 3 with space for more people are planned for later.
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