I know, I know it’s not a toy but it’s really better than a toy. It’s the coolest thing I have ever seen in mass transit. It’s a bus that is so big (it holds 1200 to 1400 passengers) and so clever (It straddles two lanes of traffic) that I just had to share it with you.
It’s designed to, by actually straddling the traffic; avoid adding more congestion to highways. The first one is planned for Beijing. Here is how the website China Hush describes it:
It is 4-4.5 m high with two levels: passenger’s board on the upper level while other vehicles lower than 2 m can go through under. Powered by electricity and solar energy, the bus can speed up to 60 km/h carrying 1200-1400 passengers at a time without blocking other vehicles’ way. Also it costs about 500 million yuan to build the bus and a 40-km-long path for it, only 10% of building equivalent subway. It is said that the bus can reduce traffic jams by 20-30%.
Watch the video for a fairly surreal experience. You have to get about a minute in before you see how it works. Click on this link: