2013 is going to be a vintage year for Vertical Transport innovation.
Otis announce last month that they are prepared to employ ‘triple-deck’ lifts (three connected cars travelling together). This, along with their Compass control system enhancements, is game changing.
Kone announced this week that they are employing hybrid / carbon fibre ‘ropes’. This reduces the general mass in the suspension system enabling the car travel distance to be more than doubled. Therefore uninterrupted travel for 1000 metres. Pressurised cars will be required…..more on this in due course.
Schindler will respond in the autumn with their latest offering so there will be lots to think about for the future.
The idea of vertical villages is certainly an increasingly viable proposition.