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Sideways Elevators An Upcoming Reality

December 7, 2014

We saw this article and thought it would be fun to post it in our blog. We like to pass on new technology and trends.

 

For the last 160 years, elevators have travelled a predictably vertical path. But that will soon change, when the German manufacturer ThyssenKrupp introduces the first fleet of cable-free cars that can also move sideways.

 

The system, dubbed MULTI, will allow multiple cabs to motor along a single, looping shaft. The cars move by magnetic levitation (the same technology behind some high-speed trains), rather than being pulled by the heavy steel ropes that limit how high skyscrapers can stretch. With MULTI, architects will be able to build spindly towers on small plots formerly deemed untenable for high-rises.

 

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