The DMV bus of the Japanese company Asa Seaside Railways is able to turn into a kind of train. Moreover, by pressing just one button
This is reported by RBC-Ukraine Auto with reference to the Daily Mail.
This dual-mode vehicle, or DMV (short for Dual-mode vehicles), can transform from a bus to a locomotive train in just 15 seconds thanks to steel railroad wheels that can be lowered onto the tracks at the push of a button.
When returning to the asphalt road, the reverse operation is performed: the steel wheels are removed and the wheels wrapped in tires are taken to work.
The DMV is about eight meters long and can carry 23 people. At the same time, the bus weighs only 5850 kilograms, which is much lighter than a regular train car.
On rails, it can move at speeds up to 60 km / h, but on the road it goes faster – depending on the speed limits set by the traffic rules.
The innovative dual-mode bus is set to start operating on Christmas Day on a route that will link Tokushima and Kochi prefectures to Shikoku, one of Japan’s four main islands.
Local authorities expect the new form of transport to boost tourism as the route passes hot springs and coastal landscapes where stops are provided.
Currently, the Asa Seaside Railways fleet consists of three DMV buses, each brightly colored green, red and blue.