The design allows cabins to efficiently move up, down, and sideways (if not yet slantways and longways and backways and frontways and squareways)

If a German firm has its way, we may soon see the end of long lines for high-rise elevators, packed conditions going up, and the risk of becoming claustrophobic alongside one's boss/enemy/ex-lover. Their innovative new product, the team claims, signifies that the “era of the rope-dependent elevator is now over, 160 years after its invention.”

In a press release, German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp recently announced its new MULTI elevator technology, heralding it “the holy grail of the elevator industry.” According to the company, the technology was developed to “increase transport capacities and efficiency” by as much as 50% while reducing the “elevator footprint and peak loads” from a building's power supply, also by up to 50%.

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