Engineers in China, as the world’s most populated country, have come up with a way to overcome the problem of getting stuck in the traffic.
Designs for a new elevated bus unveiled at a tech expo in China, which apparently be able to carry 1,200 passengers and drives over the top of other cars and let traffic to pass underneath it.
“Transit Elevated Bus” is a scale model that was demonstrated at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo.
The idea is that the passengers will sit over the top of other vehicles on the road, allowing cars to pass underneath.
It looks like the model of the vehicle appears to run on a set of fixed rails embedded on the road. It means that the vehicle is more like a cross between a bus and a tram.
The engineers hope that the design will increase availability of space on the road, and it is expected to save costs compared to other public transport options like subway.
‘With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one fifth that of the subway,’ said Bai Zhiming, engineer in charge of the TEB project said in a YouTube video in an interview with CCTV News.
‘Its construction can be finished in one year,’ he added.
First tests of the bus are scheduled to start trail operation in Qinhuangdao City, in north China’s Hebei province in second half of this year.