China to start testing giant bus in 2017
Chinese tourists wait for their bus as they leave after an event organized by a Chinese company at a park in Incheon, South Korea, March 28, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

BEIJING: A giant bus capable of carrying 1,200 people and gliding on a track over the top of cars has been slated for testing in China next year as the world’s most populous country attempts to tackle traffic trouble.

A full sized model of the tunnel-like vehicle, which is expected to be wider than two lanes of traffic, is planned for August with testing scheduled to start in the second half of 2017.

Mock-ups of the vehicle, known in Chinese as the “bus-way”, went on display in Beijing this month. A similar project was proposed in 2010 but was never completed.

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