Aug 4 2010The Chinese Bus That Can Run Over Cars

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Well, not actually run over them like Bigfoot or Grave Digger would, but it can drive over them. Although that's not actually the purpose. The purpose is so that cars can drive under, thus eliminating bus-stop related traffic jams.

Instead of spending millions to widen roads, the Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment company is developing a "3D Express Coach" (also called a "three-dimensional fast bus") that will allow cars less than 2 meters high to travel underneath the upper level carrying passengers.


The model looks like a subway or light-rail train bestriding the road. It is 4-4.5 m high with two levels: passengers 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%.

Whoa whoa whoa -- 1,200 - 1,400 passengers at a time? THAT'S ONE F*** OF A BUS! The last time I rode public transportation I had to stand and there were only 30 people! Granted my wiener was hanging out the bottom of my shorts and people kept scooching to take up more room, but I didn't know that. I chalked it up to obesity.

Hit the jump for several more pictures and a 6-minute conceptual video of the bus in action that I didn't watch.

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China to build ginormous buses that cars can drive under [engadget]
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3D Express Coach: China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars [huffingtonpost]

Thanks to Chuck Nunchuck, Rich, scottc, Watch-303 and Greg, who will stick to monster trucks thank you ver much.

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COOL

It's a shame I couldn't pass under it with a boner.

Very innovative concept.

I think that would be kind of freaky just driving under the thing. And i still dont see how it fits 1200-1400 people, unless they are all small chinese people

What about bad/drunk drivers who don't stay in their lane? I see dead people.

sweet idea..... a flying bus would be closer to the 5th element, but that will definitely do

WTF??? I had this idea when I was 7 or 8 years old, I think I still have crappy drawings I made of this fucking thing.

The world has officially run out of original ideas.

This is the perfect target for terrorits with car bombs...

The main pic looks like a pen1s ejaculating a Jeep Commander which is weird, since that was the dream I just had while passed out on the can at work.

I can see this being a good idea in the states....only if semi-trucks, or big trucks in general can pass under it. Dedicating a lane to taller vehicles can probably be a solution.

That's some fugly guy. everyone knows you use bikini models to get ideas across

Um.... how would it TURN?

@12
It's on a track...

SMH

Too bad that I'm dead and my character from Speed is dead, or we coulda made one heck of a sequel... in China... while this thing is under construction.

What happens when some poor schmuck is driving under it while it decides to turn. This thing has disaster written all over it.

I'm waiting for the video of the big rig or the camper attempting to drive under it to appear on fail blog...

Oosh, Chinese drivers are terrifying to begin with. I can just imagine the carnage they'd cause driving under one of those things. It would be a pretty freaky sensation to drive under it while it's moving at a different / variable speed. I advocate giving it big legs that allow it to skip down the boulevards instead.

Have you ever been driving on a highway, and you have 2 semis on either side going the same speed, a little faster than you?

It feels like you're going backwards. I don't like this train idea at all.


Seems like people would be slamming on their breaks/passing out all the time...

That bus won't make it literally a half mile without running down at least 3-5 chinese motorcyclists that think they're Evil Knievel.

And dont think you can bring this thing to the States, some raghead will undoubtedly try to blow one up.

This will never happen! I lived in china for a year and could see through the floors of most buses i was on. Then take in to account that no drivers there follow traffic rules, there would be bad accidents the first daybthese were out. On top of all that uf they did make it out nice made they wouldn't be maintained.

How do you get off the highway if you're surrounded by a bus?

I love this. I can pee on cars from the bus now instead of just pissing in the back corner of the bus. If they ever make these im saving a mean shit for someones car.

i wish I knew what the hell he was saying

seems like an insanely dangerous concept for a few reasons.

1. relative motion - if your going 70 and the bus is going 50 you would think your going about 20 while under the bus and instinctively you'd slam the accelerator.

2. car accidents while under the bus could potentially de-rail the bus

3. china's insanely bad 'batting average" when it comes to car crashes in the first place.

why not just build a train...

@25

totally agree. Or even better yet, a subway system. Its an obvious choice. Cut down on traffic by reducing the number of people on the road...

Instead of spending millions to widen roads, they will spend millions to make these? Yeah... that makes sense...

@14
That would be a s#1ty sequel as this vehicle can only go up to 37mph.

@26
read: only costs 10% of building an equivalent subway.

Runs on tracks and uses electricity - basically it is a train.

I want a cat-bus or something, and look at the Front-Side Bus, it's probably got about 50mhz or something.

Also, Will Mrs. Friz drive one of these? and will it be magic?

Mmmm nice concept but i do agree that:

1st there will be many accident with this i eman people driving under could become more nervous

2nd how will pwople know they have to stop at the next intersction if all they see is that big thing over them? and same for indigation panel to know where your now

3rd those height limit pole in center of road .... badest idea ever will cause many accident

4th like someone said earlier while your under it you will probably be tempted to push more on the accelerator

so in my opinion this will work only if all other car would be robot drived

This would probably go on the inside lane on the highway (the Fast Lane), so you wouldn't be under it if you were about to exit

Can you guys imagine driving and then just being eclipsed by that monster?

The biggest problem I noticed:

How will they manage intersections? What if the bus route turned left, but you are inside and need to go straight? That would make it impossible to make turns at lights, or all the cars inside would be e'ffed. Thus, making it a less-direct method of transportation to get to work in the morning, which would make them less-useful than regular buses.

Why didn't any virtual Chinese people take the conceptual bus? Or is this a whites only mode of transportation.

I wish North America was more innovative.

Looks like a shoe in for this years Darwin awards. Should be fantastic population control.

@ 28 Course it would be a $hittay $equel- that's all we DESERVE these days.... Imagine some Crash Derby action under there. You on a scooter that goes 36 mph with Dennis behind you with his DEATHRACE 2000 machine. Heh, heh. Oh, by the way, magical radio waves keep the trucks out, didn't you folks watch the Town Council Video???

12-14,00 passangers?
So like, 40 Obese Americans. Gotcha.

I'm all for it as long as the bus is nuclear powered.

12 billion passengers sounds like a lot though, even in China.

To all those people who talk about cars turning in to it, I don't get your point.

I have driven under hundreds of tunnels (and across many bridges), and not once have I had the urge to turn my car into the wall of the tunnel.

No matter how drunk I was....

The fact that this tunnel moves is irrelevant - you would be enclosed into a single lane for the same length of time, given its top speed of 37mph.

Scary!

Interesting idea, but it really looks more like a disaster waiting to happen.

Question,

What happens when someone driving under the bus spills his espresso on his lap and uncontrollably hits the buss from underneath, taking out not only the bus, but all of the other cars under the bus. It'll work only if there is a crazy amount of safety precautions in place, perhaps when all cars are driven by computers.

@33 They way he explained it, at intersections there will always be traffic lights and the rest of the road users will stop while the 3D Express Coach will make its turn.

com on science i want flying cars!! not just higher up :( to bad it wont happen until all oil is out cause when its still exist they tend to keep with it.

for those wondering if accident, look its hight up, mush tech on how to robust the legs, not to mention a balance if stronger winds, the legs(wheel) will be strong for all passengers, there be more than one, so if a drunk driver drives of 2 or more the other section should hold it up at least

OUT MY WAY!! cause I´m a Chinese buss! or i wait meant under

If people drive under this thing what if the bus runs into a car or truck, what will happen to the cars under the bus?

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