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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

Hyperloop Competition Finalist Hits Crowdfunding To Realize Prototype

I am sure you guys heard of Hyperloop, the bold mass transportation system dreamed up by Elon Musk that, if realized, will shake up the public transit system and a threat to short-range airline industry. The idea of Hyperloop is based on pneumatic tube transportation which sees capsules or pods zipping along low-pressure tubes. The low friction will enable Hyperloop to achieve crazy speeds, thereby cutting long distance travel time significantly. Anyways, Waterloop is not a variation of Hyperloop. Born out of Canada’s University of Waterloo, Waterloop is group of students who made it as one of the finalists in the SpaceX Hyperloop competition. Continue reading Hyperloop Competition Finalist Hits Crowdfunding To Realize Prototype

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

Hyperloop One Zips From 0-110 mph in 1.1 Seconds In Its First Open-air Test

Today’s biggest newest of May 11 was probably the Hyperloop One first Propulsion Open-air Test (or POAT). The test, as the name suggests, is to reaffirm the company’s custom high-tech propulsion of the future tubed transportation system. The event was held in the desert, some 35 miles north of Las Vegas in Nevada and it ended as quickly as it had started, and to the huge applause of the invited guests. The ‘train’, nicknamed ‘sled’, rockets from standstill to 116 miles an hour in a scant 1.1 seconds, pulling 2.4 Gs. It travelled a short 100 meters (328 feet) before being haul to a stop by a sand bank at the end of the track. As it turns out, brakes weren’t in place and hence, sand was used to slow the sled down and pulling it to a rest. Continue reading Hyperloop One Zips From 0-110 mph in 1.1 Seconds In Its First Open-air Test

This Massive Transporter Is 55 Times More Powerful Than A Bugatti Veyron

If you want to draw attention to your ferrying service, what’s better than pitting your ferries’ hard specs with a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, right? Well, that’s exactly what ferry and freight service provider Brittanny Ferries did. With a headline such as “55 times more oomph than a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse,” it will definitely some raise eyebrows. While the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse’s power plant has 16 cylinders, a typical Brittanny Ferries’ ferry has ’just’ 12 cylinders… but it has four of those 12s which puts out a grand 65,000 horsepower. Brittanny Ferries can’t help but to awe by its own ship, saying it has 64,850 more horses than an average car and “55 times more than of the most powerful production cars on the road today.” Continue reading This Massive Transporter Is 55 Times More Powerful Than A Bugatti Veyron

Japanese Architect Proposed Trains That Disappear Into The Environment

Trains are a common sight in Japan and folks have grown accustomed to them, but what if your eyes need not be assaulted by a chain of fast-moving, bright colored boxes? Well, at least, that’s what architect Kazuyo Sejima has envisioned. Sejima, who is essentially one-half of Pritzker-winning studio SANAA, was picked by Japan’s Seibu Railway to work with train operator’s design team to conceptualize the next-gen express trains that will ply between countryside and the city center. Going by the mantra of “friendly” and “soft,” Sejima proposed the train to rapidly blend in with the environment it travels through. Continue reading Japanese Architect Proposed Trains That Disappear Into The Environment

Japan’s Willer Express lets you travel in Cocoon comfort

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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

Superbus is now a prototype but will it see production?

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(credit: Superbus Project)

the concept of the Dutch Superbus is not a new news but this is a working prototype after three years and $18 million pumped in, therefore it is one step closer to realizing this system. or is it not? designed by Netherlands’ first astronaut Wubbo Ockels, the Superbus 50 feet length and low five and half feet height makes it look more like a super stretch limousine. in short, it looks nothing like a bus. also for the fact that it has sixteen doors for 23 passengers to get in and out, and it does allow any standing (due to its height and the speed it is capable of) like any conventional buses. Continue reading Superbus is now a prototype but will it see production?

EOL maglev train concept: the future of mass rapid transit

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(image credit: Vanja Valencak)

maglev concept isn’t new but one that looks this gorgeous in the form of a mass rapid transit system is few and far between. dreamt up by designer Vanja Valencak, the EOL maglev train concept uses magnetic for levitation and propulsion – propelling this sleek mass transportation of the future to an excess of 480 km/h. the concept train’s solar panel roofing and its magnetic technology provides this mass transportation system with a sustainable solution too. it all sound so sweet, even though the interior space appears to be more claustrophobic to our liking. it’s even more sweeter to see the mock-up images, speaking of which, you can check them out below. Continue reading EOL maglev train concept: the future of mass rapid transit