What better way to optimise road space and ease traffic jams than by creating a bus that doesn’t require its own lane, but rather drives over cars on the road?
Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment company is planing to build a “straddling bus” which, as its name suggests, straddles cars as it drives. The "3D Express Coach" (also known as a "three-dimensional fast bus") allows cars less than 2 meters high to travel underneath the upper level carrying passengers.
The bus is reported to have the potential to reduce traffic congestion on main routes by between 25 and 30 percent, and will run at an average speed of 40 km/h. Capacity wise, it can take 1200 people at a time.
Providing an environmental boost, the bus will be powered by electricity and a solar energy system and will save 860 tons of fuel per year, reducing carbon emissions by 2,640 tons.
Construction of the first 186km of track will begin at the end of this year in Beijing's Mentougou district.
Watch the bus in action below.