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Futuristic elevators are coming: VIDEO

And they promise to change the way skyscrapers are built
November 29, 2014 01:00PM

New elevator technology is promising to change the way skyscrapers are built.

ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering giant, has created what it calls “the holy grail” of the elevator industry: a system that isn’t dependent on ropes or steel cables that can move horizontally as well as vertically, according to Quartz.

Dubbed Multi, the technology uses the same magnetic levitation systems that lift the world’s fastest trains above their tracks.

And because these elevators can move in a circular motion from top to bottom, more elevator cars can run on the same line, meaning less wait time.

R&D head Patrick Bass told the Financial Times that his elevators will allow developers to build “futuristic buildings that previously could only be dreamed of.” [Quartz]Christopher Cameron