China Unveils Futuristic 3D Express Coach Bus
A design firm in China has unveiled an imaginative bus, the 3D Express Coach, which allows cars to drive through a huge opening in its center. Designed by Shenzhen Huashi Future Car-Parking Equipment, the 3D Express Coach may look odd, rather like a tunnel in motion, but it could solve many of the current bus issues faced by urban transportation authorities. The giant bus solves the issue of cars being stuck behind it, and if the company claims are accurate, could save cities money. Once consumers are accustomed to its appearance, the 3D Express Coach could become a reality not just in China, but world-wide.
The 3DExpress Coach is powered by electricity and solar energy. Passengers actually get on the bus on the upper level, allowing cars to drive through the center opening rather than waiting behind it while people board. Estimates in China are that the bus could reduce traffic congestion by 20% or more.
China will provide the first test site for the 3D Express Coach track in Beijing, a city of more than 15 million. The infrastructure is estimated to be 90% less expensive than subway construction. The company will begin construction of the first 115-mile long 3D Express Coach bus track by the end of 2010.
Kudos to the imaginative minds that dreamed up this innovative concept, and let’s hope that urban transportation departments in countries other than China are exploring the possibilities of using the 3D Express Coach in other cities.