Incorporating aerospace technology in combination with Formula 1 technology to create a lightweight structure with a low drag shape that is stable and controllable at high speed, the Superbus goes beyond the concept of a fixed schedule. The prototype made its international debut in April in Dubai at the World Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), hosted by Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).
The Superbus Project represents a new concept for safe, flexible and sustainable mobility. Fit with the latest IT systems, the Superbus travels at 250km/h on a new type of dedicated infrastructure with “super tracks” made of relatively inexpensive concrete. The prototype is electrically powered with a 1000-1200kg rechargeable battery pack.
At 15m long and 2.5m wide, the Superbus has similar dimensions to a conventional bus, but due to the seating arrangement without a centre aisle, the height is just 1.7m. Instead of a few large doors, eight doors along both sides of the vehicle allow direct access to all seats.
The Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, began the Superbus project in 2004 and first ran the test vehicle in its first experimental demonstration in 2008. BR