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Giant Uber-Bus May Come to the U.S.

We’ve written about more than a few creative transportation ideas on this blog, but this one takes the cake: a huge, road-straddling vehicle that operates like a type of bus-subway hybrid.

Originally created by Chinese engineers and set to arrive in Beijing in 2011, this super bus will be powered by electricity combined with rooftop solar panels. It will travel at speeds of 25-50mph and sit about eight feet above other vehicles, allowing them to pass underneath the passenger compartment.

It can also carry hundreds of passengers at a time, which could potentially help alleviate the traffic congestion that plagues many metropolitan areas.

A newly-formed American branch of the Chinese company hopes to bring these futuristic vehicles to the U.S. Soon, we may all be speeding above the highway.

Images: HS Future via Wired

14 Responses to “Giant Uber-Bus May Come to the U.S.”

  1. i would like to know about the disadvantages of this giant uber bus

  2. This is a great public transportation idea!
    I can give it a big plus for it doesn’t require a separated road system and that would help us to save a large amount of money. However there are still many negative point that I found:
    1- Its big and long, that would prevent it from traveling to another road that it comes across.
    2- A standardization for all the roads in the city is needed so that these giant buses can have there way smoothly around the city.
    3- A sensor system is also essential for the use of these buses to improve their accuracy as they are big and may easily ‘touch’ the other vehicles under it, or may even ‘jump’ to the side of the road, where many people are walking.
    The sensor system may be a wire system above the bus and connected to it, or it can be a simple color sensor system that can read the color lines that are painted on the road.
    I hope this would give an idea of how to improve this giant bus system.
    I apologize for my bad English, I’m not a native English speaker and I’m still learning it.

  3. I’d like to know when exactly they will come to the U.S.

  4. This looks really amazing and we wouldn’t have to build infrastructure to make it work. Great idea.

  5. This is simply an amazing idea!!! There goes the idea that the Chinese can not be creative! Yes, there will be issues to be worked through, but that is what makes engineering so much fun as a profession…I mean this is a forum to encourage kids to go into engineering right?

    As an electrical engineer, just see this idea…no this GREAT vision of what is possible makes me proud to be an engineer, even if I am not on this project! Engineering….GO FOR IT!!!

  6. Cool i wanna ride it! Well i hope they send quite a few over to the U.S. PLEZZZ!!!!!:)

  7. thats amazing, i wan’t to ride in one sometime before i die! that would be a heck of a 20th b-day present. I wish there could be one in kansas, north and aouth carolina.

  8. Great idea. It seems so obvious. I hope it happens somewhere even if it’s not the USA.

  9. I really like this idea. So many public transit systems are just too expensive because of their need for tracks or modified zip lines, or anti gravity (just kidding) but this uses the existing roads. One thing is, however, people in the city (i know from experience) don’t drive super… great. I hope the added distraction of traveling tunnels that take up more of your lane won’t be to much.

  10. this is a really great idea…. i mean. for somereason they have sidewalks on highways too. we could you that ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Wow! that’s wonderful!!
    It’s like a monster that eat your car when it come along….:D

  12. how do you get off ?

  13. If you were driving under the bus and the bus needed to turn wouldnt that trap the driver into doing the same turn or risk being hit by the bus ore people behind it?

  14. i like the idea but it really doesnt look good

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