Posted by: bluesyemre | April 14, 2014

Land Airbus (the future of the city)



  • A company in China has come up with an innovative way to alleviate mounting traffic and congestion problems in the country’s urban areas. It’s called the “Land Airbus,” and it may very well define China’s transportation future. The “Land Airbus” is essentially a large train-like vehicle that straddles roadways, requiring neither elevated tracks nor tunnels. It sits on stilts that connect to either side of the road, allowing regular cars to freely pass underneath it. The vehicle will move along fixed tracks at a speed of about 25 miles per hour. The original plan—made public in 2010—called for a 20-foot wide straddling bus that could carry 1200 passengers and replace 40 conventional city buses. The vehicle would be powered by solar panels and municipal electricity, according to the plan, saving 860 tons of fuel per year and preventing 2,640 tons of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. After some initial excitement, the “Land Airbus” plan seemed to disappear for awhile, until the summer of 2013, when Chinese company China TBS released a video describing the concept in more detail. The video displayed elevated stations that load passengers through glass elevators, its emergency brake, and its emergency evacuation system. It remains to be seen when the “Land Airbus” will be fully realized. But with its potential to provide clean transportation and alleviate China’s traffic problem, one can’t help but be eager to see it in action.

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