Months after design was revealed Transit Explore Bus has inaugural run on test track in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province. A futuristic road-straddling bus able to glide over traffic jams and pile-ups has undergone its first test drive in China.
Just months after its spectacular design was unveiled, the Transit Explore Bus had its inaugural run this week on 300 metres of specially constructed test track in Qinhuangdao, a city in the north-east Hebei province, the BBC reported.The vehicle, which goes up to 60km/h (37mph), runs on tracks with passenger spaces standing two metres above the road so that two lanes of cars can pass undisturbed underneath, helping to alleviate the notorious traffic jams of China’s biggest cities.
“The biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space,” Song Youzhou, the project’s chief engineer, told Xinhua, China’s official news agency. He said the vehicle cost about a fifth as much as underground transit systems and could be constructed more quickly.