The Chinese are serious about implementing new technologies in transportation. After all, they have to: With a population more than three times the US on a land mass that is more or less equal, density is a major issue. Case in point: The "3D Express Coach" revealed this week by Shenzhen Huashi Future Car-Parking Equipment.

While at first glance it looks like the ambitious project of a Star Wars nut desperately trying to bring the movie to real life, further study proves that it actually makes a lot of sense.

Check out the post from Engadget below:



Seriously, this is the future that China's envisioning: huge friggin' buses engulfing smaller cars on the road. Despite the silly picture and the eccentric "3D Express Coach" branding, this cunning project by Shenzhen Huashi Future Car-Parking Equipment actually makes sense. The idea is to make use of the space between regular-size cars and bridges, thus saving construction costs as well as minimizing congestion impact by allowing cars to drive underneath these jumbo buses. Fancy hitching a ride? You better start planning your move to Beijing's Mentougou district, which is where Huashi will commence building its first 186km of track at year's end.

As if this concept wasn't enough, the Chinese are making pretty amazing strides with their train infrastructure as well. This moving station concept would make it so passengers riding on bullet trains could get off at stops without the train ever having to actually come to a halt. Passengers board a connector cabin attached to the roof of the train when they are approaching their station. The connector cabin then disengages itself from the actual train on rails attached to the station and the passengers are be able to safely and efficiently exit at their designated stops while the train suffers no loss in time or energy.

See how the train operates in the video below.



So, while all of this news surrounding these ambitious and creative technologies is exciting, a glaring question still remains: Why the heck isn't any of this coming from the U.S.?

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