This monster of public transportation is actually three buses chained together into a sort of Vehicular Centipede. It’s nearly 100 feet long, fits 256 passengers, and — if you believe the institute that developed it — is no harder to drive than a regular 40-footer. So basically, it’s a subway train minus the complicated underground infrastructure. Even better, Buszilla is a hybrid that can go up to five miles on battery power alone.
This Uberbus was designed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems in Dresden, Germany; the institute wanted to build a vehicle that would have the capacity of a train but be maneuverable on surface roads. Anyone can wire three buses together, but the important design feature here is the computerized multi-axis steering system, which makes this behemoth as easy to drive as a normal-sized bus (even in reverse!).
The problem, according to the institute, is that it’s not clear how a 98-foot bus will affect city traffic. The bus will be hitting the streets of Dresden in October for a trial run, so I guess we’ll find out if it’s safe for humans and Busosaurus Rex to coexist.
Update: I originally said, in the article and headline, that the bus could fit 265 passengers, but 256 is the correct number. It is probably no mystery how that happened.
Is This The Longest Bus Ever?, Design Taxi.
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