The days of waiting way too long for the elevator may soon come to an end.
A company called ThyssenKrupp Elevators is introducing the "MULTI" elevator. The company says it will limit the amount of time people will have to wait for elevators, take up less space and increase elevator capacity by up to 50 percent.
The new technology uses magnetic levitation – similar to how trains move along a track – instead of traditional elevator cables. ThyssenKrupp Elevators CEO, Andreas Schierenbeck, said the development represents a shift from one dimensional vertical arrangement to a two dimensional horizontal and vertical arrangement allowing one or two elevator cabins to operating in each shaft.
The company claims that in addition to wait times becoming 15-30 seconds shorter the new technology will also conserve energy as well as free up more commercial or residential space by decreasing the amount of room needed for elevators. This new type of "urban mobility" is something ThyssenKrupp expects will prepare cities for the 21st century.
“As the world’s population continues to migrate into urban areas, efficient mobility in buildings is no longer a luxury, but an absolute necessity, making MULTI one of the most significant innovations in the elevator industry," said Patrick Bass, CEO of ThyssenKrupp North America, Inc.
Testing on the first MULTI elevator prototype will begin by 2016. For now, check out this video to see how the revolutionary technology will work:
(H/T: Huffington Post)
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