An Elevated Bus That Can Run Over Other Cars

May 26, 2016


Well, not actually run over them like Bigfoot or Grave Digger would, but it can drive over them. Although that's not actually the purpose. The purpose is so that cars can drive under the bus, thus eliminating bus-stop related traffic jams. I love jams. Boysenberry is my favorite.

Instead of spending millions to widen roads, the Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment company is developing a "3D Express Coach" (also called a "three-dimensional fast bus") that will allow cars less than 2 meters high to travel underneath the upper level carrying passengers.

The model looks like a subway or light-rail train bestriding the road. It is 4-4.5 m high with two levels: passengers board on the upper level while other vehicles lower than 2 m can go through under. Powered by electricity and solar energy, the bus can speed up to 60 km/h carrying 1200-1400 passengers at a time without blocking other vehicles' way. Also it costs about 500 million yuan to build the bus and a 40-km-long path for it, only 10% of building equivalent subway. It is said that the bus can reduce traffic jams by 20-30%.

Whoa whoa whoa -- 1,200 - 1,400 passengers at a time? That is one hell of a bus! The last time I rode the bus I had to stand and there were only 30 people! Granted my wiener was hanging out the bottom of my shorts and people kept scooching and spreading out to take up more room, but I didn't know that. I chalked it up to obesity.

Keep going for a video featuring a functional model of the bus.

Thanks to Noway and Stephanie B, who agree personal jetpacks are the future of transportation and transportation related deaths.

  • shashi

    Its like reinventing the typewriter just as we enter the age of word processing

  • Kaye Ting

    know how shitty the traffic is in China and how crappy the drivers are in following the rules of the road. I can already see all the cars that are going to be sitting in the imddle of the tracks and getting in the way. basically making this concept pointless since it will have to constantly stop with all the cars in the way. only way this will work is if the tracks are off the road and on the curbs.

  • GreyMatter

    A good idea that will never happen but they need to remove that barrier which stops the cars/"traffic flow"...the passengers should be able to go out either side of the "bus"

  • Phosphory

    Can you hear the sound of all those rear view mirrors goin "Crackcrackcrackcrack"?

  • BMan56

    Looks like they re-invented the train and made it more complicated. It would work a little better if the train tracks were in elevated medians, otherwise it's taking off a lot of mirrors from cars being too close to the side of their lane. Also, what happens when there's traffic and someone gets stuck changing lanes? Train no go, back to square one.

  • Keegano

    Easily rectified with concrete barricades and lane turnoffs. This is what city engineers are for.

  • AngelvsDevil

    I don't see this working, with the way people drive and the way people modify their cars.

  • More applicable in non North American areas I'd assume. We have to many huge compensating-for-small-dick extended cab lifted trucks on the road here.

  • Squirreltakular

    Should we get rid of all our delivery trucks and 18-wheelers, too?

  • Let's face it by the time this is implemented most of our goods will be delivered by robots. No need for heavy cargo traffic.

  • Squirreltakular

    If/when that day comes, I'm buying a pickup and lifting it just to spite these things.

  • GeneralDisorder


  • Keegano

    So, make it a little higher.that wouldn't be much of a challenge.It would have to ride at underpass heights to make it viable in North America.

  • AngelvsDevil

    Exactly what I was thinking.

  • TheQiwiMan


  • booo!

    Except this is what roads actually look like in China:

  • Rorison Meadows


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