Remember that odd-looking straddling busthat we covered a few months ago? The lane-straddling monstrosity might soon be headed to the U.S. Developed by Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., the bus can straddle up to two lanes of traffic — allowing regular vehicles to go under what is essentially an above-ground subway system. Vehicle drivers, beware.
Shenzhen’s bus can reportedly hold 1200 to 1400 passengers and could cut traffic jams by 20% to 30%. The partially solar-powered system can travel up to 50 mph — and it’s coming to China in 2011.
Next up: bringing the system to the U.S. Song Youzhou of Shenzhen Hashi announced this week that he formed a company (U.S. Elevated High-Speed Bus) to develop the bus system in America. U.S. residents might have to wait awhile — Youzhou is still looking for manufacturers.
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This is not a bus, is like a tram, as it is guided by rails... and it is only a concept design, is inaplicable in real life and has very small transport capacity in comparison with tramways and railways.
This idea is not new and it's been tested every which way even loose. And along with other advancements in vehicular design, it's worth more then you'll ever know in your own lifetime. PS it doesn't fly by at 180 either. You drive in between doubled loaded 18 wheelers all the time, people who weave from side to side all the time, and you honestly think this isn't safer then that? It's simply a moving tunnel and in fact would probably save your life if it's in the way of a side hit. Now the people who designed this and have tested it over the last 30 frickin years are completely capable of figuring out any downfalls and your complete disregard for their education and skills is just depressing. While you sit in your chair watching the world go by ahead of you, don't complain anymore. We won't need you. As for as lane changing, you have to wait for trains, buses, trucks and more to move out of your way. You make allowances for changes around you or at least I hope you do and should somebody or something get in your way, you can wait and go around as you have always done. Need to turn ahead, don't go under it., in the pics above it's not over the entire street except where it's the same width, in this case it truly is like a tunnel, like any other tunnel you go through. More of these means less general traffic, please explore and read more on the subject before making such close minded comments.
>>> ... Not to mention the difficulty of changing lanes ... <<< You are making this problem bigger than it really is. Cars are not going to be under the bus for long periods of time. And there won't be that many of those huge buses occupying the streets. If the bus is over you when you reach the street you want to turn into, you are supposed to stop and let the bus move on. Then after you make your turn the others behind you will rapidly refill the space that formed up ahead when you stopped so, really, nobody was held up and nobody loses any time. By the way, there will be traffic lights wherever the bus makes a turn and wherever the bus merges with traffic. This will prevent conflicts at these locations.
Problems come when this vehicle has to make any kind of turn. The traffic inside will be forced to turn with it. And even if it was segmented like the solar version shows, it would still have a MASSIVE turning circle, making it impractical on anything but specially-built roads. Not to mention the difficulty of changing lanes once stuck under the thing. For example, I\\\'m in the middle lane, wanting to get into the left lane to turn left. This thing comes over the top (On the 2 outer lanes, as it\\\'s not turning anywhere) and I\\\'m screwed unless I can get ahead of it (Unlikely) or I stop, holding up traffic until I\\\'m no longer underneath it, then change lanes. The only roads this would be suitable for are dead-straight roads with no entrances or exits and no lane changing. Given that roads like this would have to be purpose-built, it negates any advantage this might have. For the cost and inconvenience, it would be cheaper and more practical to build a bullet train.
Brilliant concept, but they need to allow drivers to cut lanes when they're going over them... hope that detail doesn't get left out...
This bus could double the numbers of passengers per lane as it is essentially a two-lane vehicle without taking into account the fact that smaller vehicles could pass underneath when the bus comes to a stop. The additional passenger load comes from the fact that it could straddle the safety lane on sections of freeway. The problem comes when the bus has to turn around. There would have to be special turn around areas where the bus could turn. This might not be such a big deal as many cities have large gaps between the incoming and outgoing lanes. These turning areas could double as bus stops where passengers could transfer to smaller buses to actually enter the city precinct.
This is a really cool concept. But the designers appears to forgotten that fwys have on and off ramps, and that few fwys have the same number of lanes all the time. Not unsolvable issues, but it is a half-baked concept.
So what about the inevitable wreck that happens when someone who is blasting their radio, texting and eating a big mac while holding scalding hot coffee between their legs gets startled when a tunnel catches up to them and they spill the coffee...which makes everything else go flying...and causes a multi car accident? Is the system the bus uses sufficiently isolated from the regular roadway that there will be no disruption in service? Or will there be backup in car traffic *and* potentially up to 1200 ticked off bus passengers stranded in traffic, worried about being late and being unable to try an altermate route? It seems like it could be a good idea for a regular commute between cities *if* there is a reasonable assurance of no disruption in service...but the transportion needs to and from boarding and exit points would need to be addressed. I don't think it would work for transportion within cities themselves....