字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 On this episode of China Uncensored: It's a bus! It's a train! No, it's...actually, I'm still trying to figure that out. Hi, welcome to China Uncensored, I'm your host, Chris Chappell. Chinese state-run media has unveiled this: A driverless train that runs on city roads without tracks. They call it the Autonomous Rapid Rail Transit. And oh man, is this going to be one heck of a Communist Party train. Just check out this video from Xinhua News! And yes, this is the original music. This train is gonna party non stop. If you're still confused about what this thing is, state-run CGTN also made a promo video. I guess they used the elevator music remix. The train was unveiled in Zhuzhou city in Hunan province. In many urban areas in China, traffic congestion is a major problem. The train can hold up to 307 passengers, and can reach top speeds of just over 40 miles per hour. Which is faster than it will ever need to go in Zhuzhou's traffic. The train is also cheaper to build than subways or conventional light rails. So it's a driverless, environmentally-friendly electric train that runs on virtual tracks and can carry hundreds of people. Ok, that actually sounds pretty good. But I am pretty confused by the promotional videos. Because they seem to say one thing and show the opposite. First, they call it a train. But it drives on roads, not on tracks. So, I'm pretty sure that makes it just a bus. I mean, yes it will be guided with sensors along what Xinhua calls a “virtual track.” But it's still driving on a road. Isn't that a bus? People's Daily reports it “uses rubber wheels on a plastic core instead of steel wheels.” Yes, that sounds like a bus. Second, “It's also equipped with the company's copyrighted technology to automatically guide the vehicles.” Well apparently it still needs a driver and a steering wheel. So what's up with that? Third, it's environmentally friendly... because it's powered by electricity, but two-thirds of China's electricity is generated by coal-fired power plants. So unless they can guarantee that this electricity is coming from clean sources— which they can't— it's still going to generate a lot of pollution. And fourth, in the Xinhua video it says the individual sections aren't physically connected, but just seconds earlier it showed them physically connected. I don't know what's real anymore! Now this isn't the first time China has made headlines for some revolutionary new public transit system. You may remember seeing headlines about this last year, the Transit Elevated Bus. And everyone was all like, wow, the future of transit. Now, there were the obvious questions left unanswered, such as, will it block street signs? What happens if you need to make a turn while that thing is over you? What if you're a truck? But the more important question everyone should have been asking was— is this a scam? Well, spoiler alert: Yes, it was. Apparently, the company behind it raised hundreds of millions of dollars for it, but only spent about 3 million. Where did the rest of the money go? Who knows?! The Transit Elevated Bus prototype now sits abandoned. But the worst insult of all— as Wired points out— since it runs on tracks, it's a train, not a bus. So how about China's new train-thing? The coal-powered, environmentally friendly, human-piloted, autonomous, rubber-wheel-based train that doesn't need a track? Well, the track will be finished in 2018. So we'll have to wait and see if the train that's really a bus does better than the bus that was really a train. The good news is that, according to People's Daily, once the four-mile-long Autonomous Rail Rapid Transit is completed, it will link to the Zhuzhou's maglev train. Which hasn't been built yet. So what do you think? 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