A giant, 'car-eating' transformer could ease China's infamous traffic jams

Updated 27th May 2016
A giant, 'car-eating' transformer could ease China's infamous traffic jams
Written by Georgia McCafferty, CNN
It looks like a giant, car-eating transformer, but China is hoping this new vehicle concept will be the answer to its crippling traffic problems.
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Called the Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), the electricity-powered vehicle concept straddles the highway over two lanes, transporting passengers on its upper deck, while cars pass under one of its four double-decker carriages.
The bus would be faster and cheaper to build than a subway, according to the designers' website -- TEB Technology Development Company.
The design would help ease traffic jams and -- because its powered by electricity -- be more environmentally friendly.
Each "bus" can carry between 1,200 to 1,400 people and passengers use an elevator to get on and off the bus at set stops along the route.
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The concept was revealed at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech exposition held in Beijing earlier this month. A company spokesperson says there are plans to trial the concept in Qinhuangdao, a city in Hebei province, in August. Some have expressed safety concerns of possible traffic collisions that could occur due the current design or challenging road infrastructure.
Back in 2010, a similar concept of an elevated bus in China was proposed.
Shen Lu, CNN contributed to this report.