Tesla has a rival to disrupt travel on the Las Vegas Strip

Navigating the Las Vegas Strip is a challenge for people trying to get from place to place.

Sometimes traffic on the Strip and adjacent roads is blocked by vehicles trying to go in all directions. When not trying to travel in a vehicle, throngs of people walk down Las Vegas Boulevard between casinos and hotels and take escalators and elevators to try and get to their destination.

Elon Musk’s Boring Co. offered a solution to crowds on streets and sidewalks by installing a network of underground tunnels beneath the surface of Las Vegas to provide vehicle routes or subways for public transportation, Dan reported. Kline from TheStreet.

Musk has already kicked off his underground transportation concept with an underground tunnel connecting two sections of the Las Vegas Conventions Center. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Tesla founder plans to expand his tunnel vision to eventually include 18 miles of underground tunnels in Las Vegas and 51 stations for routes through the resort hallway to Allegiant Stadium and at Harry Reid International Airport. The tunnels are expected to be commissioned in 2023.

Improving air quality in Las Vegas

As vehicles begin to navigate the underground tunnels beneath Sin City, another company, Motional, is helping improve the city’s air quality above ground and moving people around the Strip in its axis robot. Hyundai Ioniq 5 autonomous electric vehicle.

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Motional, a Boston-based joint venture between Hyundai Motor Group and global industrial technology company Aptiv, launched its fleet of self-driving EV robots in Las Vegas four years ago with backup drivers to provide safety, according to a Las Vegas Sun Report.

The robotaxi company said it was ready to dispense with the driver in the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and leave the backup driver next year, which Tesla is not ready to do. Tesla has said it won’t start producing its self-driving robotaxi until 2024.

Fully driverless robotaxis will be available for public passengers in Nevada for the first time in 2023, as Motional plans to launch fully autonomous public transportation service in partnership with Lyft (LYFT) – Get the Class A report from Lyft, Inc. in Las Vegas, the first city of a multi-market deployment, the company said in a statement.

Motional has operated a self-driving robotaxi utility with backup drivers in partnership with Lyft for four years. The company said it was testing fully self-driving cars in Las Vegas without passengers before becoming driverless.

“Motional and Lyft pioneered collaboration between the ride-hail and driverless industries, and are now laying the foundation for large-scale deployments of driverless robotaxis,” Motional CEO Karl Iagnemma said in a statement. communicated. “We look forward to starting this next chapter in Las Vegas and then quickly expanding to other markets across the Lyft network.”

Lyft co-founder and CEO Logan Green echoed Iagnemma’s enthusiasm for launching the driverless robotaxi.

“Lyft’s powerful network is the perfect platform to deploy autonomous vehicles at scale. Motional’s driverless technology, combined with Lyft’s marketplace engine, brings us firmly into the future of self-driving,” said Green. “We can’t wait for Las Vegas racers to be the first to summon fully driverless cars to the Lyft platform.”

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