In times like the current London tube strike, what may prove particularly useful to commuters is the invention of the four or even five-tiered bus, enabling many people to travel around without another’s armpit in their face.
An example of what a prototype could look like may well be visible at the Allianz Arena for Bayern Munchen’s Champions League second-leg semi-final with Real Madrid.
Jose Mourinho allegedly parked two buses on the edge of his penalty box when guiding Chelsea to a recent Premier League win over Liverpool and now it is Carlo Ancelotti’s turn to make this statement bigger and better.
From a tactical standpoint, Ancelotti will look to emulate the strategy that served his team so well in Spain, lapping up the possession and then springing on the quick counter attack.
And the springs may well be bouncier than ever now that Cristiano Ronaldo is back to full fitness and Gareth Bale able to feature again after a flu bug.
Real Madrid are 3/1 to beat FC Bayern, with the hosts on offer at a price-boosted 4/5 for victory and the draw also priced at 3/1.
Pep Guardiola almost refuses to budge from his tika-taka style and the key for him is to mastermind a method of making holes in the tight Real Madrid defence.
Given Ronaldo’s return to fitness, Philipp Lahm has to start at right-back to nullify his threat and the fact that Real’s midfield lacks some physicality may mean that Javi Martinez is the best option to provide protection to the back four.
This is especially the case if full-backs David Alaba and Lahm are given licence to attack at will in an effort to make the wide space count against what will be a narrow visiting defence.
Bastian Schweinsteiger started as the most attacking midfielder at the Bernabeu, but was far from at home in this position, with better options available in the FC Bayern ranks when it comes to receiving the ball in tight areas.
Therefore, Schweinsteiger should take the central role where he can make late runs into the box, while Toni Kroos’ appreciation of space and eye for a pass could make him the best fit for a return to the number-ten role he served so well for Jupp Heynckes last season.
However, Guardiola has largely refrained from using Kroos in this way and so instead may opt for Thomas Muller, who has the work effect to prevent Xabi Alonso dictating Real attacks from deep and the attacking instinct to pose a better foil for Mario Mandzukic.