Superbus - the future of public transport?

Source: Economist

Have you ever wonder what will be the future of public transport? I am sure you did, and I am also sure you have never thought this "car" will be the thing we are going to travel in the next 20 years (probably) or earlier! Well i have to tell you: I will enjoy using public transportation again!

The Superbus project intends to design a sophisticated and state-of-the-art bus, capable of travelling at speeds of 155 mph. The bus is a very flexible means of transportation, able to make use of the existing roads to virtually reach the doorstep of its customers. On special supertracks, the superbus will be able to travel at high speeds. These supertracks can be built very cheaply. The bus is: intelligent and has the track in its memory banks. It can anticipate bumps in the road. Therefore, the intelligence is in the bus, and not in expensive infra-structure. Forward looking radar and other sensors will ensure a safe journey with the superbus.

The low-riding Superbus, in contrast, has a separate door for each of its 30-odd seats. The low ceiling and the use of lightweight materials make for a far more streamlined vehicle, which in turn requires only a modest electric motor: though engineers have not yet decided whether the Superbus will be powered by fuel cells or batteries, they estimate that it will be able to accelerate from rest to 60 mph in a leisurely 36 seconds.


3 comments:

I’m really looking forward to buses and taxis that are in hybrid or electric engines as they are the most used vehicles out there. They are also one of the source of pollution as they emit a lot since they are used more than 5 hours a day. If they will be in electric or hybrid engine, there will be less pollution created.

wow that’s cool, this wave of odd looking hotwheel cars is alot more interesting than the 90s vehicles which are just square little boxes that are rounded off.

Looks very funny, but i am sure than not even my children, or my grand-children will have the chance to travel in something like this!

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