China tests straddling bus that travels above traffic


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/03/china-tests-straddling-bus-tha.html


#2

Admittedly, 300 meters isn’t all that long, but it looks like Cory [might be wrong] (Straddling buses would only work if they were made out of rubber) and these might actually work.


#3

I’d be pretty upset if I happened to pick the wrong day to put my bike on top of my car.


#4

“It’s like an elevated train, but cheaper because it doesn’t need a track but more expensive because it takes up a half lane on each side. And also it gets stuck in traffic.”


#5

Brings “taking the bus” to a whole new “elevation”.


#6

at 60 km/h it isn’t exactly high speed…


#7

Did you see some indication that I missed that this test addressed Cory’s point? It didn’t look like the thing actually ever had to turn.


#8

It’s fast enough to do some damage.


#9

the city traffic in e.g. Berlin has an average speed of about 25 km/h, I cannot imagine that it’s that much higher in a large Chinese town


#10

It’s a new kind of “folding bicycle”.


#11

What? This is for real? What a stupid idea. I guess this “bus” won’t turn or go on any roads with any vehicle taller than a sedan.


#12

#13

this is a interesting idea. If it works could that be done here?


#14

This story is so interesting every time you report it.


#15

Not so affected by traffic though, so faster than cars or taxis. And faster than walking.


#16

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#17

So long as it doesn’t have to contend with either curves or vehicles larger than sedan cars…


#18

This concept has worse functional parameters than a monorail. And we all know how successful they’ve been.


#19

I don’t know. I heard Ogdenville was pretty happy with theirs.


#20

Just depends on who you get as a conductor, I guess…