At first glance, this thing looks like some sci-fi machine that swallows up cars. Actually, the idea is a lot less aggressive. It’s the city bus of the future.
Plans for this elevated bus were unveiled at the modern China Beijing International High-Tech Expo, according to the Shanghaiist. The basic idea is that passengers can ride higher up, allowing usual traffic to pass by underneath.
One can imagine that the people behind this project are aiming to reduce traffic problems and congestion on Chinese roadways.
In the video above, the model appears to be moving along a set of rails in the road. Sort of one part bus, one part trolly, and a whole lotta weird. Each bus could someday hold as many as 1,200 people, the project’s engineers said at the big tech event.
These buses could start showing up in China before the end of the year 2016, the report says.