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Elevator Tech Goes Vehicular

The amount of technology development that goes into the world around us is astounding. You can’t drive down the street without seeing something as simple as a home addition happening with precision computer software guiding contractors. This is definitely true of major cities, which always have new skyscrapers and other types of high-end work going. In the world of elevators, technology guides the way that home elevators and commercial elevators fit into our everyday lives.

Like I mentioned a few weeks ago, one company is working on making the fastest elevator in the world. Other companies are looking for ways to use elevators in space. While these projects show how technology can improve these lift systems, why not consider the luxury side of elevator technology? According to the Miami Herald, one design group is taking elevators into high rises in a new way:

“The $560 million Jetsonesque tower will rise in Sunny Isles Beach as part of a collaboration between Germany-based Porsche Design Group and a local developer, Gil Dezer. It likely will be the world’s first condominium complex with elevators that will take residents directly to their units while they are sitting in their cars.”

Hold on a second. You mean that tower residents won’t even need to park their car before they get in the elevator? That’s what I call the lap of luxury. The article details the way this system works and it’s pretty ingenious:

“After the resident pulls over and switches off the engine, a robotic arm that works much like an automatic plank will scoop up the car and put it into the elevator. Once at the desired floor, the same robotic arm will park the car, leaving the resident nearly in front of his front door. Voila, home!”

What’s next in the world of elevators? I’m not sure. The only thing I’m sure of is how much I want one of these apartments!


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