Multi is the first elevator that also moves horizontally

The company ThyssenKrupp has designed an elevator that, similar to Willy Wonka in the Chocolate Factory, can also move horizontally

After a few projects unveiled in 2014, now the German company ThyssenKrupp is ready to launch an elevator system similar to those used by Willy Wonka in the Chocolate Factory. In a nutshell, it's a series of elevators that can move both horizontally and vertically inside buildings.

To work on the project, called Multi, German company ThyssenKrupp built its own test tower in Germany, in Rottweil. It is a 246-meter-tall building. The modular cable elevator technology for ascending, descending and horizontal displacement was tested not only for transporting people inside skyscrapers and towers but also for sorting cars in elevated or underground parking lots. The whole system works with a new technology for elevators with a magnetic guidance system. Basically the same one used on levitation trains.

Vertical elevator

In its tests, the German group achieved a speed in elevator movements of up to 10 meters per second. If in the future the technology developed by ThyssenKrupp is adopted in most buildings, we will have a real revolution compared to the current use of elevators. This system will not only make it easier to reach the various floors of a building, but will also change the design of buildings, as architects will have more freedom for their creativity. In addition, the system devised by the German company takes up less space for traction systems and therefore can give buildings up to 25% more space than a "classic" elevator. The only downside is the cost, at the moment these Willy Wonka-style elevators cost five times more when compared to normal ones. Meanwhile, however, there is already a building under construction that will adopt this system. Multi, in fact, will be inserted, by 2019, inside the East Side Tower of the OVG Real Estate headquarters in Berlin.

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