Futuristic straddling bus allows cars running underneath

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  1. bertus

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    Hello,

    Would be ever possible?



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  2. jpanhalt

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    And if the bus turns and the cars don't ... Or maybe two cars get into an accident under the bus? What happens if you are the middle car and the ones in front and behind you want to continue with the bus?

    Why not just carry the cars on top? That is, when the "bus" (a flatbed carrier) stops, cars get on or off front or back. That might be more fuel efficient.

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  3. tcmtech

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    Well if it will get more stupid people off the road and on to public transportation where they belong I say give it a go! :cool:
     
  4. tcmtech

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    The same thing they do now. The middle vehicle stops and waits for the overhead bus to move off and the vehicles behind it sit and wait until that vehicle has gotten off the road.

    I think the whole point is to let through traffic on the roads continue largely as normal while moving people above it all. Not transport vehicles with people in them. If you need to take the bus while driving your vehicle because you are too cheap, poor or lazy, distracted or dumb to drive somewhere yourself you probably don't belong on the road to begin with and should be riding the bus. :rolleyes:
     
  5. jpanhalt

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    Well, out in Sawyer, ND it may work. Ever drive in downtown Detroit?

    Of course, where the nearest cross-street is 10 miles away, a carrier will save fuel.

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  6. ErnieM

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    I saw that bus decades ago on Speed Racer.

    As I remember Driver X was at the wheel.
     
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  7. nsaspook

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    I remember my little brother watching this series.
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  8. tcmtech

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    I've drove downtown Minneapolis and Chicago pulling loaded 20' foot trailers and large cargo trucks in rush hour traffic a number of times so yea I know the traffic. Just because I live where it wide open and peaceful doesn't mean I haven't been anywhere. :rolleyes:
     
  9. crutschow

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    The lanes underneath the bus obviously have to follow any turns that the bus tracks make.
    I don't see any real problem with that.

    If cars underneath get in a accident then the bus may have to stop until the accident is cleaned up.
    If the cars aren't touching the bus after the accident then the bus can likely continue on.

    If you want to leave the lane and you are beneath the bus with cars in front and back of you, then it could be a problem if the traffic is traveling the same speed as the bus. You'd have to do a little planning ahead or slow the lane down until you can exit at the back of the bus (likely with much honking a few 1-finger salutes from the cars in back of you).
     
  10. ronv

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    I kind of like the idea. How about using it for trains? you could add roads without buying new right of ways.
     
  11. crutschow

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    Don't understand. :confused:
    The right-of-way for trains is likely often too narrow for anything but a single or perhaps a 2-lane road.
     
  12. ronv

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    Even a single high speed lane would be welcome in a lot of places. Or maybe a low speed one from New York to Washington.:D
    I forgot we don't have many high speed trains.:rolleyes:
     
  13. BR-549

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    Possible?.......yes. But totally idiotic.
    30 minutes on any crowded road shows that most couldn't understand the concept.
    Individual units interacting with it, would compound the congestion.

    Look how many have learned to accelerate on the on ramp. That one always got me. They go up half way, stop and look for traffic.

    And of course we know the left lane is for site seeing.

    Why mess with such a beautiful thing?
     
  14. tcmtech

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    I see it as the bus and the road are largely two separate systems other than at an intersection where the bus rail crosses a roadway so how is the movement of the bus of any concern or effect on the traffic underneath it other than when it's crossing a roadway.

    Are people who are behind me in their own vehicles going to ignore my brake lights and blinkers that indicate that I am slowing down to merge out of a lane and rear end me and each other because there is some large moving object above us going a similar speed? o_O

    As far as I know the bus system above the road will not change the basic rules of the road that independent traffic has to follow. :rolleyes:
     
  15. tcmtech

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    Well to be honest in a lot of large cities they have stop lights and even automated gates at the ends of the on ramps that pretty much prevent a person from using the whole on-ramp to get up to a matching speed with the main flow of traffic. If that's what a person is familiar with the unimpeded on ramp is a rather foreign concept to learn to use.
     
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