Elon Musks anti-congestion tunnel mocked as clip shows traffic jam inside
Elon Musk has been mocked online after a tunnel that was supposed to end traffic was shown with cars queuing up inside.
Videos from the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop show frustrated motorists stuck in a jam while trying to enter a popular technology event.
The 1.7-mile structure designed by the billionaire's Boring Company is located at the venue for the 2022 CES expo, which is marketed as "the most influential tech event in the world".
Opened in June 2021, it implemented a model which has been lauded by Musk as the solution to traffic congestion in major cities across the world.
People are taken in Tesla cars from 'stations' on the surface through the tunnel by a human driver to a drop-off point at the other side.
Mashable writes that reports of traffic appear especially embarrassing this year as the annual CES event is much less attended than usual due to fears over soaring cases of Omicron in the United States.
Photos from inside show the exhibition hall near-empty, with stalls for major electronics brands visited by only a few people instead of the usual crowds.
One motorist seen in the jam footage can be heard asking: "So is there often a lot of traffic here?"
Internet users have also reacted with concern after it was reported that there were no emergency exits in the tunnel.
Instead, drivers employed by The Boring Company are 'trained' to continue to the next station if there is a problem. If a car crashes and causes a blockage ahead, drivers are advised to reverse out of the tunnel.
One person joked on Twitter: "Can’t wait for the great Tesla tunnel fire of January 2022"
In 2016 Elon Musk outlined plans to construct underground tunnels across Vegas that cars would allow cars to speed through at over 100 miles per hour, but only one has currently been built.
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