Toyota and Japan Rail are testing an innovative new vehicle for public transport. The vehicles are a cross between train and bus – they have rubber tyres for use on roads and steel wheels for travelling on rails. They can swap from one to the other in less that 15 seconds.
Photo: NeiTech (Flickr)
They are perfect for use in areas where the population is not high enough to justify a rail network – people can get picked up by the bus which then drives via road to the rail track to continue its journey.
Wired blog explains more and claims this would also be a perfect transport solution in parts of the USA.
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