Name a bus that carries "hundreds" of passengers seated eight feet off the road, is powered by electricity, towers over even the largest of SUVs, and straddles two lanes of traffic. What? Do you think this is some sort of twisted question without an answer? Well, it's not. Dreamt up by Song Youzhou of Shenzen, China, the Straddling Bus at first glance appears so extraordinary that one might think it's a joke. Nope. Preparations are underway to introduce this behemoth in Beijing by the end of next year.

But wait, it gets even better. Just days ago, Youzhou formed the U.S. Elevated High-Speed Bus group. Youzhou is seeking stateside Straddling Bus manufacturers and dealers interested in selling this traffic-swallowing bus to transit authorities across the nation. Company spokesman, Mark Shieh, discussed possible partnerships with Autopia, stating:
An ideal partner for us would be a RV, motor home, aircraft, train or bus manufacturer with production facilities in the U.S. who is looking to diversify. We hope to leverage not only their manufacturing capabilities, but also their domestic and export sales channels. In return, we'll deliver the design and fully developed concept.
The Straddling Bus is Youzhou's answer for congested metropolitan areas. It cruises over rush hour traffic at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and is sure to scare motorists as it whooshes by. At least from a financial viewpoint, the bus makes sense. Shieh explained the cost- and time-saving benefits of the Straddling Bus like this:
The word 'revolutionary' is so overused, but this new bus actually is revolutionary. Relative to the cost of a subway line or other rail transit, our bus delivers extraordinary value. Aside from the low cost, the time for construction is about one third that for a subway.
The Straddling Bus represents outside-the-box thinking taken to the extreme. As in, extremely too far out there to imagine it gliding down our roads in the near future. Overall, we're fond of the idea, but there are details that must be worked out before the Straddling Bus hits the streets. For example, how does a vehicle underneath navigate a turn? Hmm...

[Source: Autopia]


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