You must have seen videos of the “elevated bus concept” doing the rounds on internet.
It is no more a concept, China has successfully tested it in Qinhuangdao, Hebei Province, China.
The test bus currently consists of one segment, and is capable of carrying 300 people, according to local media. (Source: Reuters)
How many times have you been stuck in a traffic jam and simply wished, wondered, hoped that there would be a way to just zoom past all those cars from above. Much like the Jetsons or even Inspector Gadget or Transformers, if only your car had stretchable wheels that would elevate the car as the wheels managed their way through the long line-up of seemingly never-ending cars.
Well, need is the mother of invention, and here we have it. Alright, maybe not a car with extending wheels or a magic carpet (yet!), but a whole bus that would simply let other cars pass from under it, as it bypasses them all.
China has just tested a huge straddle bus, which has a revolutionary design that lets cars drive underneath and can carry up to 1,400 passengers, saving not only the road space but also reducing air pollution. The transit elevated bus TEB-1, was on road test in Qinhuangdao, north China’s Hebei Province yesterday, state-run People’s Daily reported.
25ft-wide Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) powered by electricity can carry hundreds of passengers, is designed to go over the normal traffic to help ease traffic congestion without having to dig new tunnels or build elevated rail tracks. (Source: AP)
The bus is powered by electricity and is 22m long, 7.8m wide. It was tested on a specially laid track.
There was a lot of buzz around the bus when first pictures and videos of it were released back in May by the Beijing-based Transit Explore Bus. Also called the land airbus – and we think it’s quite an apt name for it – the passenger compartment of the public bus rises far above the other vehicles on the road, allowing cars to pass underneath.
static, the special bus allows cars to go underneath it quite easily. (Source: AP)
The bus can pass over two lanes of traffic underneath it as the floor of the bus sits on a pair of stilts (of sorts!). It can carry around 1,400 passengers in one go and travel at a maximum speed of 60km per hour.
“The biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space,” Song Youzhou, chief engineer of the straddling bus project told state-run Xinhua news agency in May this year.