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    Incredible Bus is Also a Tunnel

    Chinese designers have come up with an innovative cost-effective public transport system: the tunnel bus.


    The remarkable bus straddles two lanes of traffic, allowing cars to drive underneath while it carries up to 1,200 passengers.







    It's environmentally sound too because it runs on electricity, using a state-of-the-art charging system. Called relay charging, the roof of the bus conducts electricity and contacts special charging posts as it moves along.


    It's cost-effective because there are two ways it could operate: first off, special tracks could be laid into each side of the road, like a tram.



    Or secondly, simple coloured lines could be painted onto the road for it to follow automatically on conventional tyres. There'll be a driver on the bus at all times, though.



    Elevated bus stops will be erected to allow passenger to embark, or where there's no room for those the bus will have ladders. The emergency exits will be inflatable slides.


    And if the straddling bus seems all to futuristic to be true, amazingly it isn't - a pilot scheme involving over 115 miles of tracks in Beijing will begin before 2011.



    The trials will focus on traffic management and safety. Managing traffic flow is an issue: how, for example, to guarantee a bus can turn off a road safely while there is no traffic underneath.



    The advanced stage of the plan suggests this is not an insurmountable issue. Then who knows - it could revolutionise public transport outside of China. London, perhaps?


    Incredible bus is also a tunnel - Yahoo! Cars



    What a great idea!


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    Yep. Cant see it working here though. Can just imagine the driver deciding to do a u-turn.

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    Have you ever seen the driving habits in China, it wouldn't last 10KM without being hit.

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    Can it go over slow moving lorrys?

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    Might cause a few accidents when it goes over slower moving traffic or starts slowing down when people are driving underneath it.

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    nice idea but in all fairness it is a disaster waiting to happen.

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    Will it have toilets where you can aim at the cars below ?

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    Can you imagen getting hit from behind by it.
    Get seriously killed.

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    I wish I could think of things like that!

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    ^^ no it would just pass over you, could come in handy on blind corners in Thailand when you encounter 2-3 cars coming straight at you on your side of the road

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    Can fit 1,200 people, or as much as Chinese people can squeeze in?

    Just think of how many people will spit and smoke.

    It was tough getting of a normal bus in Bejing when it was packed to the rafters. Can you imagine getting off this? a fecking nightmare for tourists

    Its bullshit. It will never happen. Not the way they want it to happen anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    Its bullshit. It will never happen. Not the way they want it to happen anyway.
    Let's keep an eye on it.
    And if the straddling bus seems all to futuristic to be true, amazingly it isn't - a pilot scheme involving over 115 miles of tracks in Beijing will begin before 2011.

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