Elon Musk’s side hustle, The Boring Company, has finally opened its underground Las Vegas Loop. Elon Musk and The Boring Company are so obsessed with keeping the narrative tight around the new project that even the Tesla shuttle drivers have a script for how they are supposed to speak about Elon Musk, Tesla, and the LAs Vegas Loop.
What is The Boring Company’s Las Vegas Loop?
According to The Drive, the Las Vegas Loop is a 1.7-mile stretch of tunnels buried beneath the Las Vegas convention center. The loop is staffed by drivers piloting modified Teslas to shuttle convention-goers around underneath the massive complex. While a tunnel system shouldn’t be overly controversial, Elon Musk’s brazen attitude has turned yet another small thing into a big thing.
The Las Vegas Loop is the first of another of Elon Musk’s big ideas. Because of the messy situation with the loops, The Boring Company has instructed its drivers to use a script if certain topics, including Elon Musk, come up.
The “ride script” is exactly what you’d expect; creepy
Due to a public records law, the script that the drivers were given has been made public. According to the document, drivers are to keep conversation to a minimum. If they are asked about accidents within the loop system or the details of their employment, they are instructed to obfuscate any direct answers.
One of the quotes from the script says, “Your goal is to provide a safe ride for the passengers, not an entertaining ride. Keep conversation to a minimum so you can focus on the road.” It is clear as day that trying to keep employees quiet about the safety or history of the Las Vegas Loop is meant only to keep the negative press from ever creeping up.
Given the controversial nature of Elon Musk, the owner of The Boring Company, his name is sure to come up during the strange underground transportation system ride. Well, luckily for the drivers (and not controlling or creepy at all) Elon Musk has told them how to address any queries about himself.
If an employee is asked what Elon Musk is like, drivers are told to respond “He’s awesome!” before gushing about the inspiring and motivating qualities of Father Musk. Questions regarding whether drivers are enjoying their jobs underneath Musk should be answered with a quick: “Yup, he’s a great leader! He motivates us to do great work.” Come on, now.
Some of the script is redacted
As noted by The Drive, the public records laws still allow for sensitive information to be redacted. You better believe Elon Musk and company took the opportunity to redact parts that instruct the drivers on answering questions about Tesla’s “AutoPilot”.
The local Clark County law forbids the use of any of Tesla’s slick driver aids like “AutoPilot” or even lane keep assist. Speaking of which, driving speeds are limited to only 35 mph in the Loop. However, Elon Musk has a goal of getting longer loops to allow autonomous cars a max speed of 150 mph.
Elon Musk is not doing a great job of instilling a sense of trust in Las Vegas Loop
Elon Musk is constantly asking more and more of our trust while giving customers increasing levels of shrouded and obfuscated explanations to his sci-fi ideas. When pressed on this lack of clarity, he often just doubles down on himself and his lofty promises.
Keeping his employees on a tight lease that only allows them to circle the great Musk is about what many would expect at this point. The demi-god feeds his people and they endlessly and quietly drive the loop.