155 MPH Superbus
October 17th, 2006
Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed a Superbus that looks like a futuristic stretch Limousine.
The Superbus is built as a public transportation as wide and long as a standard city bus but only 1.7m high (as high as an SUV) and can reach speeds of 250kph (155mph).
As the aerodynamic Superbus is too low for passengers inside to stand up, each of its 30-odd seats has a separate door.
Instead of making predetermined stops, the bus will pick up and drop off passengers based on text-message requests to the dispatcher and passengers will be picked up anywhere they want, as long as there is special speedway constructed for the Superbus.
Superbus will be powered by fuel cells or batteries; they estimate that it will be able to accelerate from rest to 100kph in a leisurely 36 seconds.
The researchers plan to build a fully functional prototype for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Watch the video here.
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