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#1 Hum

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Posted 30 August 2013 - 23:31

We know- another year of school, another year of boring bus rides. But imagining riding this thing to school everyday should change your tune. Meet the Superbus. When the concept was unveiled back in 2011, it was an immediate hit in the automotive community. It’s long, it’s crazy, and it’s a preview of just what the future of public transport could look like.

Developed in part by the Delft University of Technology, the Dutch team says the Superbus is, “a new concept for sustainability.” Based on an electric drivetrain, and utilizing a lightweight build, the concept returns a very low energy consumption cost.

But it’s the design that really draws a crowd. A long, streamlined body on the outside gives way to a spacious and luxurious interior. The Superbus is designed to give each and every passenger a, “sensational travel experience.” All of this while moving at high, yet safe speeds.

Concerning safety- the Superbus is fitted with an array of high-tech radar equipment and fast responding electronic guidance systems. It’s all in an effort to keep that long, awkward shape out of the way of other motorists (or pedestrians). With all this tech, the team says that the Superbus “can fit seamlessly into the existing infrastructure.”

Last year, the Superbus passed all its road safety tests with flying colors, and was awarded its first Dutch license plate. So don’t be surprised if you see it on the road. You can check it out in action here:

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 02:58

While it looks cool, that would suck to drive 



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 19:23

Looks cool but carry less people than a normal bus.  



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 21:29

I thought it was the new Batmobile. :laugh:



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Posted 31 August 2013 - 21:31

Looks like a large party limo to me......



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 17:54

I thought it was the new Batmobile. :laugh:

its the Busmobile.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 03:30

I might have ridden the school bus more back in the day if I had one of those to ride around in. 



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 08:18

Reminds me of the 1980's tour ferries in London, (except they were painted white)



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 08:42

How would that thing ever be a viable alternative for current public transport :s, it's way more expensive and has a lot less room. You can't transport passengers in that.

 

It looks cool and it probably has a lot of interesting tech, but that's about it.



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Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:50

The Awkward Dutchmen



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 16:24

How would that thing ever be a viable alternative for current public transport :s, it's way more expensive and has a lot less room. You can't transport passengers in that.

 

It looks cool and it probably has a lot of interesting tech, but that's about it.

Actually, it would be quite workable for shuttling travelers to cruise ships, airports, etc. - not necessarily urban mass transit.

 

In fact, have you EVER taken (or tried to take, for that matter) a bus to an airport or cruise ship port - or even a rail station?

 

Even though it's done quite a lot, fun it is NOT. Not only is schlepping your carry-ons (and Ghu help you if you also have check-required luggage) awkward and unwieldy, the grief you get loading and unloading - and that's from your fellow passengers on the bus.  Why do YOU think that there are so many privately-run services - mostly using modified vans or even "activity bus"-based designs doing the brunt of such carriage traffic, especially for hotel chains?

 

Basically, the competitors the Superbus would face are Daimler and their contractors.  (Daimler is a major player in the "specialty coach" trade in Europe, as they are in the United States - Daimler's acquisition of Thomas Bus was not far afield in the least.)



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Posted 27 October 2013 - 16:29

The guy in the video says he wants to drive 250 to 300 km p/h with this thing. We're pretending now you're allowed to drive in excess of 50 km p/h through any Dutch city and can faster than 130 km p/h on highways? Okay then...