Aside Eating Dogs, Can China Teach SA How To Build Things Like This Bus?


China has demoed its elevated bus that permits traffic to pass beneath it. The elevated bus is just like any-other bus.

Nonetheless, cars don’t have to be patient and wait for the right moment to overtake the huge vehicle. They simply just drive through it. Super-cool huh? I know.

Reports have it that East Asia country conceived the idea in 2010. The problem that provoked the thoughts which engendered this idea was long-lasting traffic congestion.

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China must have thought – ‘what cost-effective way could eradicate annoying congested traffic?’

Among the numerous possible solutions that must have struck China, the most sensible, was to build a huge, gigantic, elevated bus.

“The bus should be able to transport many passengers once, and should be designed to let cars drive under it,” they must’ve agreed.

The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) as it is formally called, was tested for the first time yesterday. The TEB road test which focused on break and power consumption, happened in Qinhuangdao City.

As learnt, the bus is powered by electricity. It is about 72 feet long and 25 feet wide, and can accommodate about 300 passengers. However, there are insinuations that later versions would accommodate more passengers.

Only cars less than two meters tall can drive under the TEB. The bus has sixteen wheels which are directed by eight pairs of rail wheels.

Transit Elevated Bus
Onlookers allowed to board TEB to get a feel of its large space

TEBs will run at a maximum speed of about 40 miles per hour when they hit the roads. That’s if its trials are successful. If they are, TEBs will undoubtedly, help manage traffic congestion to a large extent.

And, other countries like Brazil, France, India and Indonesia will set-out and licence their own versions of the elevated bus.

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Reporting this, engadget related that the inventor and chief engineer of the TEB, Song You Zhou said it’ll take about a year or a year and half for TEB to take its place in the market.

Transit Elevated Bus Safety Issues

Above all, many are less eager to embrace TEB as innovative. The skepticism revolves around safety issues.

For instance, it’s been analogized that all roads are not straight. That, has left many wondering if it isn’t dangerous to have cars drive beneath the huge bus on bendy roads.  

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