They made it!! China Just made this Futuristic Straddling Bus a Reality

future transportation - Chinas futuristic straddling bus

They built it. They actually built it.

After years of waiting, what was once a crazy dream has apparently become reality as China's infamous "straddling bus" went on its inaugural test run in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province on Tuesday, demonstrating the future of transportation.

If you recall, the straddling bus would run above street level, carrying as many as 1,400 passengers while cars travel beneath it. Formally called TEB-1, for Transit Elevated Bus, it was touted as the future of China’s public transit, capable of not only easing traffic congestion, but also cutting annual fuel consumption by 800 tons and carbon emissions by 2,500 tons using green technology.

China has been kicking this idea around for quite some time now, but the project generated renewed interest in May when a real, honest-to-god mini model was unveiled at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo. Then, just one month later, developers shocked the world by announcing that the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) would be ready for a test-run in August.

China was successful in turning what was thought to be mere science fiction into a tangible reality challenging global transport companies.

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