giant elevated bus straddles and soars over cars in first test drive in china
giant elevated bus straddles and soars over cars in first test drive in china
aug 03, 2016

giant elevated bus straddles and soars over cars in first test drive in china

the world’s first elevated bus has taken its first test drive in china’s qinhuangdao, hebei province this week. the giant vehicle spans 22 meters long, nearly 8 meters wide, and reaches almost 5 meters above the tops of cars, soaring over traffic, decreasing gridlock, and speeding up ordinary vehicular travel. accommodating more than 300 passengers, the bus straddles the road, allowing personal vehicles to pass safely underneath.



world’s first transit elevated bus teb-1 debuts in qinhuangdao
video courtesy of descubre tu mundo



developed by TEB technology, the massive bus occupies two lanes and comprises two layers: the upper is used for carrying passengers, and the lower is hollow. vehicles under 2 meters in height can pass underneath, whether ‘TEB-1’ is moving or stopped — with speeds up to 60 km/h. powered by municipal electricity and a solar energy system, TEB can be suitable for both large and medium-sized cities. china’s xinhua news agency reports that the governments of brazil, france, india and indonesia have already expressed interest in TEB.

elevated bus
image courtesy of TEB / xinhua news agency

elevated bus
image courtesy of TEB / xinhua news agency



a scale model of the design first debuted at the china beijing international high-tech expo earlier this year:

designboom elevated bus 300


elevated bus debuts at beijing international high-tech expo
video courtesy of CCTV news

  • How did they solve the problem of moving traffic? What happens in case of one or more cars changing the lane? How do they deal with the cut of the curve radius underneath the bus when it`s driving around a corner? How is this Bus supposed to operate when it is at an intersection and the drivers underneath did not actually all intend to take the same direction the bus does? What if there are two Trucks (height 2m+) blocking the lanes behind the bus?
    Will there be special tracks for the Bus? Will there be new traffic laws applied solely to prevent a total traffic collapse when this Bus enters the streets?
    Sure the idea of a double layer traffic is as appealing as it is old, but this bus does not really look like the best solution to me right now.

    A. Knoll says:
  • If this is a success, i’ll go to china jut to ride this šŸ˜‰

    Skinner17 says:
  • Wouldn’t it be far more accurate to call this a tram, rather than a bus?

    Ed says:
  • Congratulations! It seems to be on the road!

    Just out of respectfull and genuine interest:
    – Have the above mentioned issues been solved?
    – Do I get it right, its driving on some kind of rails (at 01:52)?
    – Why does a two lane vehicle like that, seem to be equipped with less seats than a standard single lane coach?

    Best regards

    A. Knoll

    A. Knoll says:

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