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Sorry To Disappoint Folks, China’s Straddling Bus Ain’t Going To Happen

Remember the ‘revolutionary’ Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB), AKA straddling bus that was supposed to realized in China? After being lambasted as a big fat scam by China’s various state media, it is now most certainly dead. Yes, dead, as in a complete fail. Of course it is. It really shouldn’t surprise anyone at all. The logistics and engineering works required to make this height limiting vehicle (to other traffic, that is) a reality are nothing less than gargantuan. Major changes had to be carried to the existing roads in order accommodate TEB to which the city is probably better off going with light rail transportation or monorail like so many cities in the world did. Continue reading Sorry To Disappoint Folks, China’s Straddling Bus Ain’t Going To Happen

Guy Turned Classic Volkswagen Bus Into A Driveable Cartoon Bus

Caricature of automobiles look pretty cute, aren’t they? With oversized, fat wheels and a plump, short body, these fantasy automobiles look totally cartoonish and they don’t exist in real world, or do they? Well, actually, they do – thanks to Ron Berry’s magic hands. Ron is an avid car customizer with an alternative taste: turning real world cars into cartoon custom creations and his latest work, “Surf Seeker” Custom VW Bus, which is based on a Type 2 VW bus, looks like something straight out of The Road Runner cartoon series. It is not hard to imagine Wile E. Coyote behind the wheel of this sweet custom VW bus, trying to run down our dear Road Runner. Continue reading Guy Turned Classic Volkswagen Bus Into A Driveable Cartoon Bus

China Demoed The Ambitious Elevated Bus With Cars Moving Under It

Some years ago, ideas were thrown around in China on how public transportation can combat traffic congestion and an audacious idea surfaced: an enormous bus that straddles on regular road while allowing other road users, namely automobiles, to continue to use the road beneath. In a way, the “Transit Elevated Bus” or “TEB” as it is called, creates a moving tunnel of sort as it goes about picking and dropping commuters. Think of the TEB as the lovechild of a bus and a train. This means, it won’t be able to move freely like a bus; instead, it travels on track much like rail transit, but it will be much more cost effective and faster to build as compared to an actual rail system. Continue reading China Demoed The Ambitious Elevated Bus With Cars Moving Under It

This Is Olli, She’s Your Near Future Autonomous Transportation

The future of transportation, private and commercial alike, will no doubt be going autonomous. Why? Because we simply can’t trust ourselves to drive, or perhaps, leaving computer to do the job will be comparatively safer than sentient beings behind the wheel? Whatever it is, we do we have a strong feeling that car-rights group will also be a thing of the future. You know, rights group who will insists that humans should be driving, not robots. Anywho, there’s no stopping this autonomous movement. Many countries have already hopped on the autonomous transportation bandwagon. Singapore already did last year and has been trialling self-driving electric buses in locations like Garden by the Bay, commercial zone one-north and Nanyang Technological University, and now, the U.S. will be doing the same too, kicking off with Washington D.C. Continue reading This Is Olli, She’s Your Near Future Autonomous Transportation

VW’s BUDD-e Concept Bus Is More Like Internet Of Things On Wheels

It seems like every automaker has flocked to the world’s biggest consumer electronic show to showoff their “tech-centric” vehicles. Wolfsburg-based Volkswagen is no exception, or should we say a must after the emission fiasco? Understandably, VW has an electric vehicle in tow for this year’s CES and it is called BUDD-e. Well, it’s a bus, or a van as some would have prefer to call it. To us, it is just an electrified Multivan/California. We are neutral about its look, though. VW must be particularly proud of BUDD-e cos’ the press release is freaking lengthy. But not to worry, we will provide you the gist of story to keep boredom to the minimal. Continue reading VW’s BUDD-e Concept Bus Is More Like Internet Of Things On Wheels

Poop-powered Bio-Bus Actually Makes the City Smells Better. What???

While most bus makers are embarking on electric and natural gas as alternatives to fossil fuel to power their buses, one UK company chose to use food waste and human poop to drive its 40-seater Bio-Bus. Yes. You heard us. A bus that’s fuel by human waste. Aptly nicknamed “the number two”, this breakthrough alternative fuel may be running on those foul smelling stuff, but it does not smell as bad as it sounds. the waste treatment plant that produces the fuel is actually odor free, though we can’t say the same for the passengers on board who might have had flatulence-inducing meals prior to the journey. The Bio-Bus is a creation of waste treatment company GENeco that turns millions of cubic meters of sewage waste and food waste into this sustainable fuel. Continue reading Poop-powered Bio-Bus Actually Makes the City Smells Better. What???

BYD Lancaster eBus is the World’s Largest Battery Electric Vehicle, Touts Over 170 Miles in Range

looking at the current battery technology, we’d be lucky to see cars going electric, but BYD Motors is apparently undeterred and confident with the company’s own Iron-Phosphate Battery has created the world’s largest electric vehicle, an articulated 60-foot passenger that sits 120 and capable of traveling over 170 miles (274 km) on a single charge. the eBus, called Lancaster, has been in development for nearly two years and is the Chinese company show of their committed to the American Rapid Transit markets. officially unveiled at the 2014 American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in Huston this week, the bus is named after the city in California where it was designed and built. the Lancaster facility now employs more than sixty Americans to build electric buses and energy modules. Continue reading BYD Lancaster eBus is the World’s Largest Battery Electric Vehicle, Touts Over 170 Miles in Range

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4

we don’t usually do vans. they are mostly deemed less of a workhorse (ample, no less), but the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 definitely deserves a mention because it is now available with 4×4 drivetrain. no kidding. a van. 4×4. how many times did you hear or see a van that has all-wheel drive? that plus the fact that it is coming from the pointed star marque really has our stamp of approval. with the 4×4 in place, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4 is kind of ready to take the place of a pickup when the next time you need to take on the beaten tracks and it has a bonus: a sheltered cargo area, or you could go for crewbus that’s capable of transporting guests up and down the snowy Alpine resorts. available in several body style to meet varying demands, from crewbus for general transportation to panel van for conveying crews and materials to crewcab for hauling construction machinery out of pits to camper van for adventurers who love traversing across rocky or sandy deserts. Continue reading Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4×4

2001 Scuderia Ferrari F1 team coach to go on auction

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(photos: Tom Wood/RM Auctions) 2001 Iveco Domino HDH Orlandi Scuderia Ferrari F1 Driver’s Coach | £auction | www.rmauctions.com

the life of a Formula One race car driver is akin to that of a pop superstar as he would be blessed with similar perks like fast cars (both on and off the track), ladies, and a glamorous superstar motor coach. unfortunately, there’s no talent show like American Idol for Formula One race car drivers to let you have a shot at such prestigious stardom. the only way to live those dream is… well, continue your dream or you could plonk down good money for a real Formula One car for your weekend track-day and a real Formula One team motor coach to add to the realism. you probably have heard about the former (and probably already had one in your garage), so it is time to snag yourself a 2001 Iveco Domino HDH Orlandi Scuderia Ferrari F1 Driver’s Coach as used by team Ferrari to travel from Maranello to all major European F1 Grand Prix races during the 2001 to 2005 seasons, and yes, this was the vehicle that Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher had once used. Continue reading 2001 Scuderia Ferrari F1 team coach to go on auction

Japan’s Willer Express lets you travel in Cocoon comfort

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(credit: Willer Express)

Willer Express Cocoon redefines the meaning of travel in luxury, not to mention the existence of high partition for an ultimate private space on the road. the Willer Express bus is like no other. each passenger not only gets their own private cocoon-like seat that reclines up to 140 degrees, but also gets a personal entertainment system, free WiFi, electrical outlets – all which are shield from your nosy fellow passengers’ prying eyes. Continue reading Japan’s Willer Express lets you travel in Cocoon comfort