For the past few months, a concept video has been floating around the web. It shows a futuristic bus in China that can glide over traffic.
Named the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), this public transit concept is 72 feet long and 25 feet wide. It runs on a track, which really makes it more of a train, and it is powered by electricity.
The vehicle is expected to reach speeds of about 35 mph, with up to four TEBs linked together.
The elevated bus straddles two lanes of traffic with a clearance of almost 7 feet underneath. It can carry up to 300 people and the inside appears to be mostly standing room with rows of seats lining the sides.
According to the engineers at Jinchuang Corp who designed the TEB, it could replace 40 conventional buses and function in the same way as a subway train, but at less than one-fifth of the price of a subway construction.
It is unclear when the vehicle will be widely used in Chinese cities; however, it was only a few months ago when the idea was first introduced in the form of a mini-model at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo, so this may be put to use very soon.
The bus was recently tested in a controlled environment, moving down a 300 meter strip of track in the north-eastern city of Qinhuangdao, with a few vehicles traveling under it.
How this transport will work in actual traffic remains to be seen, but the idea seems to be a big step forward for overcrowded cities with high volumes of traffic.