World’s Longest Bus To Make It’s Debut in Dresden

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germans are known for their love of public transportation, so it is no surprise that the German city of Dresden will soon have the world’s longest bus driving down their streets.  Fraunhofer IVI and the Technical University of Dresden teamed up to design the 98 foot long Autotram Extra Grand bus which will hold an impressive 256 passengers.

Almost as impressive as its large size is the fact that bus drivers will not need to undergo special training to ride the massive vehicle.  The two accordion style cabins attached to the front section of the bus are guided by a computer system that ensures that the rear section of the bus safely follows the head.

There are still a few safety tests to be done before this bus can go mainstream, but it is expected to pass by October.  It also looks like other cities are expressing an interest in getting these buses as well due to the lowered costs and the greener hybrid engine.  Beijing and Shanghai have already placed orders for the Autotram Extra Grand buses, but the German city of Berlin has passed for now.

 

Source: Discovery News, Daily Mail
Photo by Fraunhofer IVI

Stephen Fuchs
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