Beijing: China is gearing up to road test an Eco-friendly ‘straddle’ super bus, which is high enough to allow a two-lane tunnel beneath it for cars to pass through.
The bus, its inventors hope, would ease traffic in the capital Beijing which, despite its eight-lane infrastructure often gets choked with traffic.
A prototype of the super bus is expected to roll out onto the road by December, three months after the 40-day-long design phase is completed, the official Global Times newspaper reported.
It is expected to commence trials on a six-km stretch of road along the West Sixth Ring Road in Mentougou district. The concept of the ‘straddle’ bus is unique as cars could drive under its huge uplifted passenger compartment between its 2.2-meter-long legs.
The two bus legs leave a ‘tunnel’ wide enough for two lanes of small or medium-sized vehicles — 1.55 to 1.6 meters high, in general — to drive right through under the moving bus.