Giant Lane-Straddling Land Airbus Could be Coming to China

by , 09/15/13

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Three years ago the 3D Fast Bus got everybody excited about the prospect of a lane-straddling bus that would eliminate traffic congestion by traveling over lines of cars. Now, as Treehugger reports, TBS China has unveiled the Land Airbus – a giant car-swallowing bus that could actually hit the streets of China. The vehicle is longer than previous versions, it can bend around corners, and it travels along rails to enable smaller vehicles to pass underneath.

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This innovative urban transportation solution has a high-tech interior that is entered via a glass elevator that drops down at air lift stations. While passengers are getting on and off the vehicle, there is no hold up in traffic – cars just keep going under the Land Airbus.

The company has released a video of the Straddling bus that shows the vehicle navigating streets as a structure that steps across two traffic lanes with a hollow lower part that lets cars pass through. TBS China claims that, compared to Metro, the new public transportation vehicle would cost less, have a shorter construction period and almost match passenger capacity. It is an economical and safe way of commuting that eliminates spending hours stuck in traffic.

Via Treehugger

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  1. Angel Chiriboga April 18, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Its a great Idea. More jobs created. Problem I see is not accidents or blockings, is the stops. They have to be maintained to a tee, and price of bus can never be a choose to walk or take the bus type of thing.

  2. Devon Meza October 2, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I think that the bus is a great idea.It would be a great push to the future.

  3. Keith Freeland September 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    A lot of driver have a hard time driving in tunnels everyday where I live, they slow down and or panic. This wouldn’t go well with those kind of drivers. Clearance height would be a problem with assortments of vehicles such as SUV, car and trucks. I would hate to see an vehicle accident underneath one of these trains.

  4. Jonny D September 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    This is kind of a stupid concept. Basically you have a large segmented bus on rails. In the U.S. we call that a “train.” The only difference is this one has the added benefit of increasing traffic by blocking larger freight vehicles from traveling down the street.

    If traffic congestion is so bad in China they should invest in a robust traditional public transportation system of surface and sub-surface trains and traditional busses instead of a dangerous concept like this “bus.”

  5. OMG! Ponies! September 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Security concerns would prevent its implementation in Tokyo, London, and New York. Buses are a dense target filled with potential casualties. All it takes is a car filled with explosive material to get right underneath it and detonate.

    Tokyo and London have already had attacks on their mass transit systems and New York gets a bomb attempt several times a decade.

  6. banglin September 14, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Go for it China, shut the western world up, be the innovators and earth friendly race.

  7. JustThisComment September 13, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Yes well the solution is rather simple. The lane assigned for this new vehicle cannot have cars with a height greater than X much like the rules for carpooling lanes.

  8. W-kad Miranon September 13, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    yeah what about an accident …have they thought about the security side, and the other hand have they thought about safety …its going to be a real disaster if it happened

  9. Vernon Deck September 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Nice idea, BUT.
    What about when there is a truck/delivery vehicle in front or coming from behind, it wont fit underneath and then either holds up other traffic or the Land Airbus itself.
    Make the Land Airbus high to allow trucks underneath and the the Land Airbus wont fit under existing bridges.

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