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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  • how how how kidThursday, June 15, 2017 at 3:14 pm
    how does people get in it?
    • cooldudeTuesday, June 6, 2017 at 11:43 am
      really cool!!!
      • lucasMonday, June 5, 2017 at 6:21 am
        how can semi fit through the bus ? and so coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
        • carlos Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 4:23 pm
          this it isso sweet and so super train that can fit with car
          • yoyoyoFriday, May 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm
            hmmmmm what if it calapses
            • ndogsway21
              ndogsway21Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 11:05 am
              thats true
            • 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

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