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(Oddity Central)   Expect to see more bus/train accidents in Japan's future, they just introduced the Bus-Train, the world's first dual-mode vehicle   (odditycentral.com) divider line
    More: Weird, Tokushima Prefecture, Public transport, Prefectures of Japan, Transport, Shikoku, Population, Vehicles, Japan  
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797 clicks; posted to STEM » on 07 Jan 2022 at 6:50 PM (24 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-01-07 6:24:38 PM  
This year maybe...
 
2022-01-07 6:34:02 PM  
Where are the tentacles?
 
2022-01-07 7:04:37 PM  

Grumpy Cat: Where are the tentacles?


Underneath. They come out when it transitions to water.
 
2022-01-07 7:34:00 PM  
I think I remember a documentary about this in the 70s.

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2022-01-07 7:35:47 PM  
First? They missed that one by about 70 years at least.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railroad_bus
 
2022-01-07 7:49:20 PM  
++Looks at vehicle design++

Manila called and wants to know if anyone has found their missing Jeepney.
 
2022-01-07 7:56:30 PM  
I can see every Densha no Go Go player driving this and shouting "HENSHIN!"
 
2022-01-07 8:19:24 PM  
Mom always said, don't drive on the railroad tracks.
 
2022-01-07 8:25:43 PM  
I thought it was densha DE go. Whatever. Fun times.

There used to be a thing called INTERMODAL systems study. It more or less led to or was associated with the use of containers that could be used on trucks and ships, trains etc. If you can manage the interfaces (ports, etc.) properly, then you can reduce your latency and increase throughput and all that jazz.

Well, it rears its head now and then. There seems to be confusion about public transportation recently, with auto driving looking like it will take the lead from buses, and then Uber services turn all vehicles into taxis, and then pizzas and prescriptions get delivered by drones.

The MODES are proliferating and morphing. And the latency and switching costs are going to increase quite a bit. A bus that can run on streets OR rails is going to make switching modes a lot easier and reduce those costs. It also makes more intensive use of existing infrastructure.

There are some mountain towns in my part of Japan that, practically speaking, can be reached by rail, but not by road. Having some local "bus service" that can use the rail can obviate roads and save a lot of trees and wildlife while providing service to residents.

So this can be valuable to economies that are infrastructure-challenged, capital-challenged, space-challenged, etc. The idea solves problems that real people have.
 
2022-01-07 8:57:55 PM  

WordsnCollision: Mom always said, don't drive on the railroad tracks.


Username kinda checks out.
 
2022-01-07 9:11:07 PM  
Once again, Top Gear already did it:

Caravan Train Part 1 | Top Gear | BBC
Youtube mkpCzp0CmjY
 
2022-01-07 9:27:16 PM  
Trucks to service railroads have done it for a long time.

Yes, they still count despite not being designed for passengers.
 
2022-01-07 9:37:06 PM  
Max speed of 37 mph on tracks?  Yeah, that's going to mix well with the big trains....

The UK guided bus system looks far better.

The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway
Youtube 10UY3WC4nDY
 
2022-01-07 9:41:14 PM  
Obama already did it
Obama Replaces Costly High-Speed Rail Plan With High-Speed Bus Plan
Youtube QNixDlRoMvA
 
2022-01-07 11:28:37 PM  
But why
 
2022-01-08 2:18:04 AM  

Carter Pewterschmidt: Max speed of 37 mph on tracks?  Yeah, that's going to mix well with the big trains....

The UK guided bus system looks far better.

[YouTube video: The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway]


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-Bahn_Busway

We've had it going since the 80's.

So successful, it causes rather massive political problems because we have the opposite to compare to.
 
2022-01-08 8:27:14 AM  

Boomstickz: Carter Pewterschmidt: Max speed of 37 mph on tracks?  Yeah, that's going to mix well with the big trains....

The UK guided bus system looks far better.

[YouTube video: The Cambridgeshire Guided Busway]

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/O-Bahn_Busway

We've had it going since the 80's.

So successful, it causes rather massive political problems because we have the opposite to compare to.


Seems a far better system than the rather complicated system in TFA. How does carrying two heavy railway axles affect the fuel economy?
 
2022-01-09 1:24:08 AM  
Wavin Bye To The Train Or The Bus - Arctic Monkeys
Youtube yHcpjZg929Q
 
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