China tests straddling bus that travels above traffic

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

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.

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

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“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.”

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

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

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.

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It’s fast enough to do some damage.

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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

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It’s a new kind of “folding bicycle”.

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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.

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

This story is so interesting every time you report it.

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

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BREAKING NEWS: FIRST PROTOTYPE TRIAL DOES NOT ADDRESS EVERY SINGLE ISSUE!!! COMMENTARIAT DECLARE FAILURE!!!

(Extra chars to keep forum happy)

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

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

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

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

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