❝ A Beijing company has unveiled spectacularly futuristic designs for a pollution-busting, elevated bus capable of gliding over the nightmarish mega-jams for which urban China has become notorious.
Plans for the so-called Transit Explore Bus or TEB were showcased earlier this month at a technology expo in the Chinese capital.
❝ The “straddling bus”…is supported by two legs that run along rails laid along the roadside…Those legs allow the TEB’s giant frame to glide high above the gridlock at speeds of up to 60km per hour. Equally, vehicles that are less than two metres high will be able to drive freely underneath the bus, even when it is stationary…
Song claimed his buses, capable of transporting up to 1,400 commuters, could be produced for 20% of the price of an underground train and rolled out far more quickly since the supporting infrastructure was relatively simple.
Every logistics specialist who has ever worked in warehouse management knows about solutions like this. Folks tend to forget about the “cube” that exists above measured square footage of floor space.
All modern warehouses, automated or not, now use vertical storage in some manner. The same can be used to solve traffic problems without the cost of tunneling or traditional elevated railroad systems requiring expensive structural support.
And it looks cool and futuristic, eh? 🙂