The straddling bus or land air bus spawns two lanes. Passenger compartment floats over the traffic and the cars can drive under the bus. This is a genius transport invention and it looks super sci-fi (Video).
This is real. A Beijing based company has invented a bus that floats above traffic with a stilts design. The bus straddles two lanes, allowing cars to drive under the bus. The land air bus runs on special tracks placed along the sides of the road.
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A Chinese video report refers to the futuristic transport vehicle as bus, but it looks more like a train. The company behind the new transport concept says that the main advantage of the system is the much lower cost and faster construction than subway train systems. The straddle bus can carry up to 1,400 passengers and travel at speeds fo 60km/h.
The electricity powered bus has been unveiled at the Beijing International High-Tech Expo. At the expo the company showed the straddling bus in a scaled down model setup. The company stated though that a full size straddle bus is in construction and will be tested this summer in a Chinese city in the north of the country.
The video below shows the straddle bus, which looks like straight out of a science fiction movie. The only thing I wonder is how to get on this bus. The video report does not show how passengers would get on and off the bus. I assume special elevated bus stations are necessary.
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Concepts of a straddling airbus appeared first in 2010 by a Shenzhen based company called Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment Co., Ltd. The new version of the straddling Bus (aka straddle bus, tunnel bus or land airbus) has come a long way.