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

By Meera Dolasia on September 5, 2016

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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!

Resources: newchina.com, wired.com

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  • jacobi WinslowWednesday, March 22, 2017 at 8:30 am
    sup
    • 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.
              • thunderbike
                thunderbikeTuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm
                i think that they would need to make the bus higher so that busse's and trucks could go through easly. but that would be like 20 ft. so that might mak people scared that they are going to fall over or crash or if they have a fear of hights.
                • thunderbike
                  thunderbikeTuesday, January 17, 2017 at 11:58 am
                  wow.
                  • megacharizardx
                    megacharizardxFriday, January 13, 2017 at 9:44 am
                    That looks awesome
                    • AWESOMEFriday, January 6, 2017 at 10:25 am
                      AWESOME

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