A company in Beijing, China, has unveiled a new technological wonder – a spectacular elevated bus designed to glide over cars in a nerve quenching traffic jam for which developed and commercial urban areas are known.
The so-called Transit Explore Bus (TEB) were showcased (as in demonstration) earlier this month at a technology expo in the Chinese capital.
Description of Transit Explore Bus (TEB)
As described by The Guardian, the straddling bus is supported by two legs that run along rails laid along the road side. The legs allow the bus’ giant frame to glide high above the gridlock at speeds of up to 60km per hour and vehicles that are less than two metres high will be able to drive freely underneath the bus, even when it is stationary.
According to China report, the project’s Chief Engineer, Song Youzhou, explained that “the biggest advantage of TEB is that it will save lots of road space.”
Song claimed his buses, capable of transporting up to 1,400 commuters, could be produced for 20% of the price of an underground train and rolled out far more quickly since the supporting infrastructure was relatively simple.
One TEB, he said, could replace 40 conventional buses, adding that the first test bus is planned to be put on track in north China’s Qinhuangdao City (a coastal city about 300km east of Beijing) at the end of July or in August.
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There are much excitement and anticipation about the project in China where traffic jams have grown as the country overtook the United States to become the largest car market in the world in 2009. And last year 2015, 21.1 million passenger cars were sold from China to other countries.
However, there’s a daunt in excitement over the innovation by the fact that a virtually identical contraption was unveiled at the same expo in 2010 without implementation.