The infamous “straddling bus” held its first internal test run earlier this month to much fanfare. For a moment, it seemed like China would finally be on the forefront of technology and on the way to solving its serious transportation problems, then everything went downhill from there.
State media accused the developing company, TEB Tech, of scamming investors. Shortly after that, all testing stopped, the “straddling bus” was locked up, and investors started asking for their money back. Only one person seemed to still have faith in the Transit Elevated Bus after all the scandals set in, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But hey, he might be right!
Three days ago, the TEB left its garage prison and resumed testing on the street in Qinhuangdao, Hebei province, NetEase reports.
TEB Tech is currently testing out the station and platform for the “straddling bus.” Once again,the tests are being carried out on a 300-meter-long strip of road rented out from the local government. That lease expires on August 31st, though it is renewable, looks like they are running on a tight schedule.
Though the TEB is out on the streets once again, it is still not open to the public. People are not allowed onto the road, inside the bus or on the platforms. However, that did not stop them from crowding around to take pictures of what might be mankind’s greatest creation or greatest failure of 2016.
Despite resuming testing, the company still has many more issues to address. For starters, all tests so far are done in isolated areas, without even a hint of real traffic conditions. Tesla already underestimated the power (recklessness) of Chinese drivers, will TEB do the same?
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but there is still hope!
— Shanghaiist.com (@shanghaiist) August 3, 2016
By Sarah Lin
[Images via NetEase]