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Futuristic Chinese bus makes its first test run

03 August 2016

The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) or the ‘straddling bus’ has become a reality, undergoing its first test in Qinhuangdao, Hebei.

Image courtesy of New China

Last month the design went into production, after a video of the model back in May caused great excitement.

Designed by Youzhou Song, the bus runs on embedded rails on both sides of the street. Electrically powered, it will travel at approximately 30mph across two lanes of traffic while leaving smaller vehicles free to drive underneath. 

According to designers, the cost of construction is less than one-fifth of building a subway and can be completed within one year. Youzhou Song has estimated that the new design could replace 40 buses.

The test-run didn’t exactly stimulate real-world traffic conditions as it was just one bus carriage on a controlled track of only 300m in length. Four TEBs can be coupled together, expected to reach speeds of 60km an hour. However, most people have expressed their excitement at seeing such a design come into life.

To read DPA’s previous coverage, click here

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