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China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars (PHOTOS)

China has overtaken the United States as the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gases and biggest energy consumer.

But the country is also thinking in big and bold ways when it comes to how it will reduce pollution and a new plan to build a "straddling bus" is among the most space-age schemes yet.

In an effort to go green and relieve congestion without widening roads, the Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment company is developing a "3D Express Coach" (also known as a "three-dimensional fast bus").

The innovation will allow cars less than 2 meters high to travel underneath the upper level of the vehicle, which will be carrying passengers (PHOTOS).

According to China Hush, the 6-meter-wide 3D Express Coach will be powered by a combination of electricity and solar energy, and will be able to travel up to 60 kilometers per hour carrying some 1200 to 1400 passengers.

The first 115 miles of track is set for construction in Beijing's Mentougou district starting in late 2010. The Chairman of the Huashi Future Parking Equipment company boasts it will take only a year and 500 million yuan (around $73 million) to build the futuristic transportation system.

IN PHOTOS: See more pictures of the futuristic bus here.

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    Kristijan 17 hours ago Report Abuse
    OK,
    so I get in my car somewhere in suburb, short drive around the corner, I get on this bus who takes me to downtown, then I get off the bus and drive one block just to park my car in underground garage for next 8-9h :) I avoided being stuck in the traffic. Great! My favorite pet has been close by all day long and I drove only 1/4 mile because I am human and we do not walk. Life is good!
    This kind of ideas kept civilization in the dark for many centuries.
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    Kwok Leuih 20 hours ago Report Abuse
    China's traffic accidents are spectacular to begin with. I can't imagine the horrific results with one of these buses involved.

    China should work on implementing its laws concerning driver's licenses. You don't have to even pass a test to get one. In Qingdao, I knew a guy who sold government sanctioned driver's licenses (i.e. gray market bribes) for $800 a pop if you can't drive, $400 if you can. Lord only knows what it is in Guangdong.
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    carlos 20 hours ago Report Abuse
    Did anybody cover what happens if something too tall is in the lane when the bus is coming? I guess there's going to be about a million new traffic laws about what vehicles are allowed in those two lanes.
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    ASIAN XD 22 hours ago Report Abuse
    Oh, wonderful. The article had to start like so, didn't it? I suppose I should readjust to life in the U.S. of A., then.

    I'm sure the people planning this have a way to get around the oft-repeated concerns pointed out here. After all, they are kinda obvious.
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    Selene 22 hours ago Report Abuse
    I wonder how you would be able to change lanes under the bus... if the bus is very large, this might end up annoying. The bus would have a hard time changing lanes, so it would have to stick to the right lane. This could be difficult for cars under the bus to make a right turn, unless the bus was traveling much faster than the other cars.
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    RobertL 23 hours ago Report Abuse
    Looks more like a train or trolley. The main picture shows rails buried in the roadway and thin steel wheels. "bus" could not change lanes....imagine the wall of bus shifting towards your car while you were under the structure. Hope China continues to come up with these futuristic ideas and spends all their time and $$$ on them.

    Then we will have no reason to fear them in the future.....Robert
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    CHAD GLERUM Thu Aug 05, 2010 02:15 pm PDT Report Abuse
    it looks really neat and i think it will be very effective at makin peoples lives easier. we need something like this in the united states.
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    Rich S Thu Aug 05, 2010 01:10 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Me for am go to be hate it already. What they tink good am break in year.
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    T Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:44 am PDT Report Abuse
    Those who are concerned about the bus turning need not be. The buses are actually on tracks (it's more of a railway) and there are lanes on the road. It's a moving tunnel, essentially, and should be no more dangerous than a tunnel. People also misunderstand the internal stairway. The stairway goes from the already elevated passenger compartment up to the roof, where passengers can board or exit at overpasses.

    There are plenty of know-it-all commentators here who don't pay attention because they are intent on finding flaws. This is actually very well thought out.
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    Tom Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:37 am PDT Report Abuse
    very nice!!!!! Express coach bus.... droll~

    Now, If those Express buses are short in lenght like semi trucks, then theres a way to turn for the cars!! (just gotta becarful and watch the top or both side for buses before you turn)

    But, if the buses are like subway buses, then I belive this will work if theres several stopping points. Perhaps from point A to point B say is 5 to 10miles, and point B to point C is another 5 to 10miles depending on the location and where ever the destination for people is at the highest. That way, it will be convenient for most people to just take the express bus.

    As for the cars, how are they gonna turn if those buses are as long as subway buses? they "can not" turn to different streets if they are under the bus, well, its a Express way, you don't just go couple miles and turn, instead you turn at a designated spot. For example, there got to be a little "Sub Tunnel" created for cars to turn as an exit. That way they can turn right or left underground then up without interacting with the Express Bus.

    Imagine this express bus route like a gigantic loop, oval shape will be nice with differnt Sub-Tunnels and stopping points for cars to turn and for people to get on or off the stops. But then, planning this will take tremendous around of work. Thats just my idea, what do you think?? Did I leave a lot of problems out of the picture?

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