It’s been a pretty gloomy couple of months in terms of Middle Eastern news but one things that stood out as a silver lining is news of the Superbus being tested for feasibility as a sustainable means of transport.
For those of you who haven’t heard about the Superbus yet, it’s a cross between a limousine and bus. It can carry 23 people and travels at 250 km/h. Which means you can get between Dubai and Abu Dhabi in about thirty minutes.
Considering I live in Dubai and work in Abu Dhabi, I have to travel back and forth every day and I couldn’t be happier about the process of driving to and fro being cut down to a mere 30 minutes. Sure, it will take a few more minutes to get to the (Super) bus stop but it will still be worth it. Plus, if it’s traveling at such high speeds, such a mode of transport would requite it’s own lane of course and that will just mean you don’t have to put up with the speeding maniacs who frequent the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway.
As an added bonus, the Superbus looks pretty cool. If someone took the Batmobile added gull wing doors to it and stretched it out to the size of a massive limo, it would pretty much look like the Superbus. Add to that, the comfort of the vehicle is comparable to that of a luxury sedan. The vehicle is electric and previous tests indicate that it has a range of 130 miles, which should be plenty for a one-way trip from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.
What remains to be seen is if it can be made affordable enough for the general businessmen and if it is safe to use. Even if it isn’t, wouldn’t it be a helluva way to die?