Straddling bus: China's Transit Elevated Bus takes first test drive [Infographic]
An innovative new type of transport that aims to solve the problem of China’s overcrowded roads by straddling traffic lanes, allowing cars to drive underneath, has undergone its first test drive in China.
The Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), which can potentially carry up to 1,200 passengers, has also attracted interest from Brazil, France, India and Indonesia.
Similar to trams, the buses would run on a set of fixed rails on the road.
Travelling at speeds of up to 60mph, vehicles up to a height of two metres will be able to drive underneath the bus even when it is stationary.
Called the Transit Explore Bus (TEB), the prototype is designed to take on many of the same functions as a subway train but with a fifth of the cost.
A model of the system was unveiled at a technology expo in Beijing.
The construction of the network would only last a year, the project's lead engineer claimed.
Song Youzhou, the lead engineer in charge of the TEB project said: "The biggest advantage is that the bus will save lots of road space."
The TEB team are planning for a prototype to be trialed in the coastal city of Qinhuangdao, 300km east of Beijing, this summer.