Transit Elevated Bus: China completes first test of bus that travels above traffic

The first road test for the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) was conducted 3 Aug, Qinhuangdao, north China. With the bus gliding over traffic, public got a sign of relief as in just few more months, China can stop worrying about being stuck in traffic.

According to CNN, the 22 metre long TEB-1, a light-rail train and bus extends across two lanes, while cars can pass beneath it.

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A file photo of TEB-1 before the test drive in China. Reuters

China had first pitched the concept in 2010 to solve large scale traffic problems the country faces. The TEB-1 is said to be be efficient, in terms of speed and overall cost. The public bus service, in a single cabin can transport nearly 300 people at once.

Since the vehicle is electrically powered, chances are it will also help reduce air pollution levels across China.

The scale model of this concept was introduced to the public at the Beijing International High-Tech Expo earlier this year.

According to Xinhua, the test conducted earlier this week evaluated the braking system and power consumption of the bus.

Many countries are said to have shown interest in TEB in the recent past, including India, Brazil, France and Indonesia.

However, details about the cost of the project and official dates of when the bus will be deployed have not been confirmed yet.


Updated Date: Aug 04, 2016 16:16 PM

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