Video Of The Week — Futuristic Elevated Bus Begins Test Runs In China

By Meera Dolasia on September 5, 2016

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Photo Credit: News China

Earlier this year, a team of engineers led by China’s Song Youzhou suggested that a massive elevated bus that straddled over normal-sized vehicles was the key to easing the world’s traffic woes. Though the concept of the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) unveiled at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo on May 22 generated a lot of excitement, most people were skeptical that it would ever become a reality. But they were wrong.

On August 4, a working prototype of the futuristic-looking vehicle went for a short test spin in Qinhuangdao, a seaside city in northern China. Measuring 72-feet long and 26-feet wide the giant bus was straddled 16-feet above the ground, enabling the two vehicles nestled side-by-side to drive through easily.

Photo Credit: News China

There are still numerous safety and other tests that need to be conducted to prepare the TEB for a real trial on the busy streets of China. But Youzhou, says this successful short test run is proof that his idea of building the revolutionary, environmentally-friendly form of public transport is possible!


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  1. What did Song Youzhou suggest at the the China Beijing International High-Tech Expo on May 22?
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  • Squid Monday, April 24, 2017 at 1:13 pm
    what if this has to turn . hmmm... I think I could use this on my computer homework assignment
    • bekahboo
      bekahbooThursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:19 am
      thats cool that they could drive throught them!
      • baconloveThursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:50 am
        that is cool
        • YoMonday, April 10, 2017 at 10:38 pm
          This is cool
          • jacobi WinslowWednesday, March 22, 2017 at 8:30 am
            • CinderheartMonday, March 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm
              Cool man, cool. 🐈
              • baconloveThursday, February 23, 2017 at 6:50 am
                that is cool
                • rob likes beefWednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:09 am
                  wow this is cool
                  • DrewTuesday, February 14, 2017 at 4:09 pm
                    OMG I LIKE THIS
                    • kawasaki140lThursday, February 2, 2017 at 12:07 pm
                      I would love to have this bus or train in the USA. Then we buses will not take so much traffic.

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