Massive traffic-straddling bus tested in China
China has tested an innovative, road-straddling, 22-metre-long bus this week that is tall enough to simply pass over traffic rather than getting stuck in it.
The blue, tunnel-like Transit Elevated Bus (TEB-1) can carry up to 300 passengers in one carriage, over the top of traffic on the road, according to the state run Xinhua news agency.
The new bus could encourage greater usage of public transport systems due to its ability to manoeuvre around China’s heavily congested cities faster than personal vehicles.
This could also encourage fewer cars on the road which would be a godsend to the heavily polluted cities. In March, China received a $500m (£353m) loan from the World Bank to clean up its air pollution problem.
In the test in the northern city of Qinhuangdao on Tuesday, the bus moved slowly along a 300-metre track and stopped to allow people to get on board.
In May, developers released a video showing a model of the bus and said it would be able to carry 1,200 people, with vehicles able to drive underneath it, as long as they are lower than two metres.
Xinhua said the bus design had also attracted interest from governments in Brazil, France, India and Indonesia.
Part of the bus, which is 7.8 metres wide and 4.8 metres high, needs further assembling, the official People's Daily newspaper quoted the chief engineer as saying.
Other major cities around the world have been looking in to public transport solutions. Moscow has been looking into Hyperloop transportation systems this year in a bid to ease its extreme traffic jams, while the UK government made £30m available to bus operators and local authorities last month to boost the take up of cleaner, greener vehicles, including electric, hybrid, hydrogen and biomethane buses.