What is it?
Big cities mean traffic jams. Especially in China, the country with the biggest car market in the world. Nothing you can do about it, you think. Well, maybe Song Youzhou , chairman of Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment, comes with a solution. A bus that beats traffic jams. No more buses on the road but one alternative where other vehicles lower than 2 m can go through under.
The ‘straddling bus’ or Transit Explore Bus (TEB) is able to carry approximately 300 passengers at a time. For this amount of people, one long path is enough which means, fewer roads. The designers hope to reduce traffic jams by 20-30 %.
The idea was exhibited for the first time on the 13th Beijing International High-tech Expo in 2010. He told us that in the future the model will be put into pilot use in Beijing. There we are, 6 years later, ready for the first trial.
Why is it cool?
Busy traffic could be a big problem. What I said; China has the biggest car market in the world. If you take a look at all the exhaust gasses from those cars. The country is number one in pollution.
In 2020, the emissions of the most important pollutants have to be reduced by 60 percent. The government had already taken steps forward by trying to stimulate water- and solar energy.
Building a ‘TEB ’ could help to realize this plan. Besides the bus will save lots of road space, it is powered by electricity and solar energy. So there is also fewer emissions in the cities. I think it is beautiful to see how someone like Youzhou use ‘green energy’ to help to solve the traffic problem.
Passengers will have also some advantages. This new transport can guarantee people to arrive on time and even faster than before because there is no risk to get stuck in the traffic. People can move easily trough the cities.