Futuristic ‘straddling bus’ to drive over cars in China
BEIJING: Chinese state media reported on Wednesday that the country has unveiled the design concept for a ” straddling bus ” which lets cars drive underneath it and saves road space and helps reduce air pollution.
Also known as a land airbus, the concept was the brainchild of Beijing-based Transit Explore Bus, which took their design to the just-concluded high-tech expo in the city. The passenger compartment spans two traffic lanes and sits high above the road surface on a pair of stilts, leaving the road clear for ordinary cars to pass underneath, Xinhua news agency reported.
Regardless of whether the bus is moving or not, cars under two meters high can easily pass through. Running along special tracks, the bus can carry up to 1,400 passengers and travel at a top speed of 60 kilometers per hour.
“The biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space,” said Song Youzhou, chief engineer of the straddling bus project. He said the bus has a function similar to that of a subway, but it costs only 16 per cent of a subway. The manufacturing and construction lead-time is also much shorter. Furthermore, the design is environment friendly.
Powered by electricity, the straddling bus could replace about 40 conventional buses, potentially saving more than 800 tonnes of fuel annually and reducing 2,480 tonnes of carbon emissions, Song added.
Hmmm…. I can”t imagine the nightmare of trying to get out of one if you”re stuck in the middle when it”s packed. I”m hoping they have internal lanes inside the bus so people can move about, then again, lane discipline is famous with the Chinese for all the wrong reasons.
The indian ones will have pan spit on corners and the homeless will find good shelter in the rains. It will also be an easy place for a quick pee. You cant copy that on our miserable infurstructure. Look are our present public bus system. The long n the short distance is a far cry from Chinese. Even the junk yard will be ashamed of what we have on our roads.
Oh! What a wonderful idea. The Chinese innovations have helped a lot to make so many consumer as well as other items affordable to common man. If this type of buses are introduced in Indian cities much of the pollution problems can be avoided.
Chinese jugaad. Wonderful invention for high density traffic roads. Buy stuff like this from China and not cheap plastic things as is done now.
It will be nice to see the safety features of this mass transport unit, especially in light of a car crashing into the support beams that hold up the bus. 1400 lives is a huge risk considering that they will be over 2 meters above ground, with enough fuel to cause large damage in the event of an accident. I would love to see the idea in practical application as long as the commuters are safe.
Good initiative. We must copy.
India – 12 hours ago
India needs this kinda initiatives the most
Cool idea !!