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  • 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?

  • Will this new vehicle be a blunder-bus?

  • Leave your comments below.

  • Thanks for watching this episode

  • of China Uncensored.

  • Once again, I'm your host, Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

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