Bumpy road ahead for China’s ‘straddling bus’
Months after China unveiled the design concept for a new-age ‘straddling bus’, its plans have reportedly hit several roadblocks.
The most significant feature of the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) is that its carriage is literally elevated to allow cars less than a certain height to pass under it. It was believed this design would help ease congestion and traffic by freeing up space on the roads. Moreover, the bus could transport a whopping 1,400 people at a time, it was claimed.
By virtue of being an electric vehicle, the bus was seen to espouse the cause of the environment. This in itself may have been powerful motivation for the Chinese to embrace the invention, given the deteriorating air quality of the country’s cities. Additionally, it would have saved staggering amounts of precious fuel, as each straddling bus would replace some 40 conventional buses.
But the list of positives seems to have gone kaput, at least for the time being.
The pilot road test of the home-grown TEB-1 was conducted in Qinhuangdao in the country’s Hebei Province in August of 2016. The trial was perceived to have been successful. Very soon, however, the invention and its manufacturer became embroiled in controversy over its design and feasibility, and even allegations of fraud
Copying is the chinks forte and not invention so it is destined to fail if any other country succeeds then the chinks can copy it successfully so they have to wait
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Absolutely right. Copyright has no meaning in China. They copy and just give it a rhyming name. Honda becomes Hunda, Nissan becomes Nishan, puma is pama, and so on. No originality
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Francis Bourne trading
This is the real real reason of Chinese growth and which is constantly increasing though they are capable of adopting new ideas,no political interference,Strict government laws for traffic and judiciary..All this bring discipline and speed in society and nation..we need to learn something ..
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Chinese can only copy, and thn produce 3rd grade product
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