Magnetic Motors, Not Cables, Power This Elevator
Imagine an elevator without cables. ThyssenKrupp has drafted an elevator concept that would cruise on linear magnetic motors.By Evan Thomas | November 28, 2014
Normally when the elevator cable fails it’s bad news. But German corporation ThyssenKrupp is designing elevators that don’t need them to begin with.
Instead, they’ll cruise on linear magnetic motors, like the ones maglev trains float on. (Video via NTDTV)
Not quite as quickly, of course. According to the Financial Times, the cars will have a top speed of five meters, or about 16 feet, per second.