As a Malaysian, you would know how it feels to be stuck in a terrible traffic jam, especially during peak hours and the holiday season. It's highly frustrating.
So, if you have always thought that it was a good idea to have a mode of transportation that could surpass cars and messy traffic jams, China has made your dreams come true.
Introducing, the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB)!
China's long-awaited bus is pretty futuristic and the main highlight of this vehicle is how it straddles multiple lanes of cars to move commuters without creating a traffic mess.
TEB made its debut on Tuesday, 2 August in the northeastern city of Qinhuangdao, in the Hebei province for a first test ride.
The bus was first unveiled in 2010 but back then, it was a mere concept
When the designer of the bus, Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co., presented it at the Beijing’s 19th International High-Tech Expo last May, it got everyone excited.
Today, five cities in China, namely Nanyang, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang, Tianjin, and Zhoukou — have signed contracts with this TEB Technology Development Company for pilot projects, The Verge reported.
Here are some of the features of this extremely cool bus:
2. It is powered by electricity and solar energy.
3. It is said that the maximum speed of the vehicle is only about 60km/h, but it's pretty speedy for a mode of public transportation.
4. There are reportedly 18 seats along the walls with two round ones in the centre.
5. At the moment, the bus should be able to carry 300 passengers and it's highly likely that future versions could carry even more.
It's not ready for mainstream daily use yet, but people are really excited to see that China turned this seemingly insane concept into a reality
This "radical drivable bridge" could one day alleviate major traffic woes in China and other countries with crowded metropolitan areas as the TEB is designed to reduce traffic congestion in cities without the need to build new infrastructure like roads or subways or anything like that.
TechCrunch reported that other countries such as Brazil, France, India and Indonesia have reached out about potentially licensing their own versions of the TEB.