Is This the Future of Travel? Superbus Concept

This article describes a new concept for a public transportation vehicle called Superbus. The Superbus is a streamlined electric public transportation vehicle that can operate at speeds of up to 250 km/h. This speed can be reached on special designated tracks, but the Superbus can also be driven at lower speeds on existing roads and bus lanes. The Superbus is operated by the combined use of a driver and electronic vehicle guidance. A core feature of Superbus is that the intelligence is concentrated in-vehicle, which allows the vehicles to be independent and flexible while reducing infrastructure cost. The vision is one of demand-driven, point-to-point, comfortable transportation that is able to compete with private automobiles. A joint project of multiple faculties within the Delft University of Technology, Superbus is partly funded by the Dutch government. The project team aims to have a fully functioning demonstration vehicle built for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The total cost of the design and development of the experimental demonstration vehicle is estimated at EUR 8.5 million. Along with the development of this demonstration vehicle, further research into logistics, infrastructure, safety, reliability and return on investment will be performed.


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  • Accession Number: 01055207
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 6 2007 9:25PM