China has built an elevated, car-eating bus to travel over traffic congestion

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Aug 4, 2016

If you think traffic in New York is bad, just check out some of China’s biggest cities. So how do you remedy congestion? With a giant, car-eating air-bus, apparently.

The concept for an elevated bus that would allow traffic to flow underneath has been kicking around for a while, but now they actually went and built one. No surprise, it’s as weird and awesome as you’d imagine. Dubbed the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB-1), the mass transit solution holds 300 passengers and features a 72-foot-wide interior. It runs on tracks embedded in the street and allows 7 feet of underneath clearance for cars (which sounds really scary for drivers, without a lot of wiggle room). 

China’s Xinhua News notes the TEB-1 is currently being tested in the northeastern city of Qinhuangdao, in the Hebei province. It will eventually be rolled out in Nanyang, Qinhuangdao, Shenyang, Tianjin and Zhoukou — which should provide an excellent proving ground to see whether this is just a terrifying gimmick or a viable solution to traffic congestion.

Check out a video of the bus eating cars being tested below and let us know what you think:

(Via The Verge)