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The Superbus project aims to develop high speed coaches capable of speeds of up to 250 kilometres per hour (160 mph) together with the supporting infrastructure including special highway lanes constructed separately next to the nation's highways. It is envisaged that the system will offer comfortable, demand-dependent door-to-door transportation rivaling the car and the train. The project includes studies into the infrastructure, logistics, safety, reliability and economic viability as well as the design of the vehicle itself. Total costs of the project are currently estimated at around €7 million, funded largely by the Dutch State. This project is led by Dutch astronaut professor Wubbo Ockels of the Delft University of Technology.
The vehicle is 15 meters long electric vehicle with seating for 23 passengers accessible from 16 doors with a cruising speed of 250 kilometres per hour (160 mph) and a range of 215 kilometres (134 mi).
It is envisaged that the vehicle will run on special 'Super Lanes' which will be geothermically heated in order to prevent icing in the winter season.
Rather than following a timetable the vehicle will be routed in response to the needs of the particular passengers offering a complete journey without changes based on central routing optimization system.