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The China Bus that Drives Over the TOP of Other Cars Takes First Test Drive


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The China Bus that Drives Over the TOP of Other Cars Takes First Test Drive

The first ever traffic-swallowing bus has been test driven in China. Amazed bystanders watched while the giant structure, holding up to 300 passengers, straddled two lanes of traffic, allowing cars to pass uninterrupted underneath.

The widely anticipated, futuristic looking bus is the invention of the Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Company. It was unveiled at the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo in May 2010.

Powered by electricity, the bus is able to carry up to 300 passengers in its 72ft (21m) long and 25ft wide body. The bus can travel up to 60kpm and four can be linked together to create a super-bus structure carrying over 1,000 people. In fact, one TEB alone will replace around 40 conventional buses.

The bus will be equipped with alarms to warn other road users if they are traveling too close to it as well as signals indicating that it is about to turn.

It would have inflatable evacuation slides and optional features could include sensors to keep it from colliding with a person or object (such as an overheight vehicle in front), warning lights and safety curtains at the rear to keep drivers of overheight vehicles from moving underneath, and animated light displays to simulate stationary objects to prevent disorientation of drivers underneath.

Cost savings are also considerable with the cost to develop and build the bus would be 1/16th of the cost of building a subway.

The designer, Song Youzhou , said the bus could take a year to build and although the Chinese government is yet to confirm an official launch of this innovative mode of transport, the first pilot tests are scheduled to start in Qinhuangdao City, in north China's Hebei Province, in the second half of this year, so these giant buses could be in place by the end of the year.

 

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