Remember the Chinese traffic-straddling bus? The bonkers is-it-a-bus-or-a-train invention that was aimed at alleviating traffic? That weird looking thing that seemed like a total scam? Turns out, it was bogus after all—and now 32 people have been arrested for their role in creating it, according to the New York Times.
Last week, the internet went all giggly over the first prototype of a revolutionary traffic-straddling bus from China. There’s some distressing news coming out now about both the shoddy build quality of the test unit, and the possibility that the whole enterprise may just be a big scam. What’s going on?
It’s not that often that one of those crazy-looking transportation concepts you see on the cover of an old 1950s Popular Mechanics comes true, but I’m delighted to say that’s happened. In China, a traffic-straddling bus now actually exists, and it’s bonkers and glorious. Here’s everything about it you need to know.
For years China’s been toying with the idea of building a massive bus that straddles multiple lanes of cars to move commuters without creating a traffic mess. To date, it’s only existed as fancy computer renders and animations. But starting today a real-life version starts testing in Qinhuangdao, China.
Cars, buses, subways, and trains; Pretty much the extent of high-speed publicly-accessible mass transit. Now the Chinese have dreamt up a new mixed-up alternative, the traffic-straddling bus. It rides above roads, with cars passing beneath and costing little to implement.