China’s “straddling bus” or Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), an elevated public transit system, starts production this week, after generating massive interest when a mini-model was unveiled at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo in May.
According to the Global Times, the TEB will consist of four cars in total, each being about 22 meters long, 7.8 meters wide and 4.8 meters high.
The first model of the bus, which will operate completely on electric power and will be able to take up to 1,400 passengers, will be produced by Jinchuang Corp, located in Changzhou, Jiangsu.
Project chief engineer Song Youzhou said some portions of the bus will be made of glass to make passengers feel less confined.
The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), which can go up to 60km/h is an original China invention in which bus passengers would ride above, while traffic slips conveniently underneath.
The straddling bus is an idea that has been around since 2010, proposed by Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co Ltd to alleviate the bad traffic condition in Shanghai which is gradually getting worse.
According to Shanghaiist, the bus would be similar to a subway, cost five times less and take only a year to complete.
The bus is set for its first test run this August, although according to Chinese media reports it will not exactly simulate real world traffic conditions, with the test track only being 300m long compared to original announcements of the track being 2km long.
The company did not explain why it shortened the distance, and Chinese media are questioning what can be achieved with such a short run, on a straight road without any turns or intersections.
The world will soon see whether or not the idea is really an excellent one at combating traffic woes.
Us personally, on the one hand we’re excited at the potential, but on the other hand we’re not entirely sure how we would feel with a buss driving over our heads. What do you think?