A futuristic Chinese bus concept was showcased at a technology expo in Beijing last week, with designers promising that it will revolutionise public transport in the country.
A scale model of the Transport Elevated Bus (TEB) was unveiled at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo, following a video of the concept, released several years ago.
It appears to travel on rails on either side of the road, with the main body of the vehicle elevated high enough to allow it to pass over other traffic. Passengers would enter and exit it via a lift from street level.
The vehicle, which appears to be a cross between a tram and a bus, would be able to carry up to 1,200 passengers at a time, without being hindered by congestion or traffic incidents.
In an interview with CCTV News, Bai Zhiming, the engineer in charge of the TEB project, commented: "With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one fifth that of the subway. Its construction can be finished in one year."