Text by Jiang Zhuqing
On April 4, news from New York Auto Show 2012 stunned many Chinese drivers who had been battling traffic jams daily: The world’s first car with wings, developed by Terrafugia, was revealed! Like transformers, the car features foldable wings, allowing it to take off in a short time.
Flying cars have long-dominated fantasies of frustrated drivers around the world, but for Beijing drivers particularly, the car sounds like a dream come true. Everyday, Ms. Chen has to trek far from her Tiantongyuan home in Beijing’s northeastern corner to her office in the city proper. “I have to leave for work two hours early to deal with traffic jams every morning,” Chen lamented, “and after work, I can never escape.”
A real-time congestion map from the department of traffic glows red across the city during peak commuting hours. One of Beijing’s major headaches, traffic has become a bottleneck limiting the city’s development.
Yao Jingyuan, a researcher with the Councilor’s Office of the State Council, pointed out, “Traffic congestion plagues not only municipalities but also less-populated counties in China. Driving and parking have been constant problems.”......