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China’s Elevated Bus That Travels Over The Top Of Traffic Takes Its First Test Drive

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China’s Elevated Bus That Travels Over The Top Of Traffic Takes Its First Test Drive

Featured image credit: Barcroft Images/Xinhua

At 22-metres long, 7.8-metres wide and 4.8-metres high, the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) could well be the answer to our motorway traffic jam nightmares.

Engineers in China unveiled the TEB earlier this year at a tech expo. Well, it's now taken its first test drive and could have opened up a global opportunities for a new, efficient travel method, the Daily Mail reports.

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Image credit: Barcroft Images/Xinhua

Image credit: Barcroft Images/Xinhua

The test was carried out in Qinhuangdoa City and evaluated the braking system, drag and power consumption, according to tebtech, a company that helped build the TEB.

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Here's a look at it in action.

Credit: People's Daily, China

Carrying up to 300 passengers, it passes over the top of cars so that it does not disturb traffic on the road. The TEB has already sparked interest from governments in Brazil, France, India and Indonesia.

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The vehicle, which is more like a cross between a tram and a bus, appears to run on a set of fixed rails either side of the road.

Engineers hope that the design of the TEB will increase available road space and reduce traffic.

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Considering it's less than five-metres tall, could you imagine the mess if a lorry were to happen to be in the wrong lane overtaking (because they never do that, right)? I'm quite glad we're not on the waiting list for the TEB, even if it would save us from sitting in traffic while needing a piss - or worse.

Hamish Kilburn
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