THE SIDEWAYS ELEVATOR OF THE FUTURE IS HERE, AND IT’S WILD

Image courtesy of THYSSENKRUPP

By Elizabeth Stinson, Wired.com, July 9, 2017 

PEOPLE LAUGHED WHEN ThyssenKrupp, a company synonymous with elevators, announced it was developing one that goes every which way. Who’d ever heard of such a thing? Everyone knows elevators go just two directions: Up and down. Some took to calling it the Wonkavator, after Willy Wonka’s wacky lift that goes sideways, slantways, and longways.

“There were some doubts,” company CEO Patrick Bass says with just a bit of understatement.

Put aside your doubts. After three years of work, the company is testing the Multi in a German tower and finalizing the safety certification.

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