China dreams up incredible 'tunnel bus'

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Found 5th Aug 2010
Chinese designers have come up with an innovative cost-effective public transport system: the tunnel bus.

The remarkable bus straddles two lanes of traffic, allowing cars to drive underneath while it carries up to 1,200 passengers.

Pretty cool eh?

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Looks interesting. Wonder how safe it would be in the event of a major accident underneath it, cars going into the inner side of it etc.

Far too sophisticated for third world UK..(_;)

would probably work okay until it needed to go around a roundabout........and if you're underneath it, just hope it wants to take the same exit as you.......

It would never work.
What happens if it comes to a crossroads?
And ladders for exits? Yeah great for all those old and disabled people.

Very interesting idea. Obviously not much use for cities and it wouldn't work at all in a densely populated country like ours, but for China, where a cursory check with Google Maps shows there as being a 2300km drive between Bejing and Hong Kong (including one single road that spans an enormous 1450km), it could be brilliant. Could be great news for the environment too, if that one tunnel bus can carry the equivalent of 3 747s worth of people. It'll be good to see how it pans out.

China is once again at the forefront of transport technology. There is far too much red tape and loving of the status-quo in this country (very often the people who most complain about "red tape" are also the ones who try and preserve the status quo) for us to even try and compete. The days of pioneering breakthroughs such as the railways, vertical take off planes and hovercraft are sadly long gone here in the UK.

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joeymcjoe

China is once again at the forefront of transport technology. There is … China is once again at the forefront of transport technology. There is far too much red tape and loving of the status-quo in this country (very often the people who most complain about "red tape" are also the ones who try and preserve the status quo) for us to even try and compete. The days of pioneering breakthroughs such as the railways, vertical take off planes and hovercraft are sadly long gone here in the UK.



I was thinking the same sort of thing. London Olympics is another example, following the Chinese effort is making ours look even worse.

DarkKnight

It would never work.What happens if it comes to a crossroads? And ladders … It would never work.What happens if it comes to a crossroads? And ladders for exits? Yeah great for all those old and disabled people.



Well you would think that if this was in any advanced stages of design then these would have been some of the first problems discussed. Or the common sense things if you will, maybe they didn’t think of the obvious though.

Looks cool, and would probably only work in countries like that, like countrys that have 1000mb broadband

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sparkyIreland

Well you would think that if this was in any advanced stages of design … Well you would think that if this was in any advanced stages of design then these would have been some of the first problems discussed. Or the common sense things if you will, maybe they didn’t think of the obvious though.Looks cool, and would probably only work in countries like that, like countrys that have 1000mb broadband



like holding the left corner of a mobile phone.

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Can you imagine a woman driving this ??

I think that many of you are under-rating the Chinese, they are a very clever race, in 10, possibly 20 years time they will be the biggest economy in the World.

Why not just build a monorail system above the roads? What's the advantage in complicating things? Obviously the same reasoning that went into this site's latest update fiasco.

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kingy58

Why not just build a monorail system above the roads? What's the … Why not just build a monorail system above the roads? What's the advantage in complicating things? Obviously the same reasoning that went into this site's latest update fiasco.



Maybe it's cheaper to just build a bus with a tunnel in the middle instead of thousands of km of track. I'm only guessing here though.

Well why put this up when train systems are easier to install, easier to manage and cheaper?

We could debate this all day, I am sure they know what they are doing, they may pop in and read this thread and gain some valuable knowledge incase they don't

I would not fancy following an old lady into the tunnel, or a drunkin clown

From what I can see it's not exactly a bus but a train on roads i.e. a modern day tram?

Looks excellent.

dcx_badass

Except they can't even access facebook, wikipedia or even google.



but redtube must be a joy


dcx_badass

Except they can't even access facebook, wikipedia or even google.



Dount they want to use something that's so easy to hack

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