What’ll They Think of Next?

There is a scene in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in which Harry hops on a magic bus driven by an eccentric seemingly intent on carrying every one of his passengers into the fiery jaws of hell. That is what riding the bus in China is like, but with overcrowding. The bus shakes and rattles and bumps down the street narrowly avoiding disaster in spite of the laws of physics until you’re sure it’s about to collide with a cavalcade of taxis and you swear you saw a group of schoolchildren crossing the street just a second ago and where’d they go, but through the invisible manipulation of space and time you manage to avoid destroying anything. Usually.

Developing a bus intended to run over people seems a bit risky by my calculations, to say the least, but that’s just what a company in Shenzhen, China is going to do. The idea actually seems rather cool and Blade Runner-esque, but I’m still grateful the buses will be running on tracks.


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