In the vicinity of the German town of Rottweil, preparations are in full swing for testing a magnetic suspension elevator developed by ThyssenKrupp. The importance of the project is evidenced by the fact that a giant concrete tower with a height of 232 meters was specially built for its testing (in just 245 days).
The main feature of the elevator is that it will not move with the help of powerful lifting electric motors, but by the method of magnetic levitation, like high-speed railway trains. Moreover, the elevator will be able to move not only vertically, but also horizontally, delivering passengers to the desired room. Something similar can be seen in the movie "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".
Magnetic coils are installed along the entire elevator shaft, which will be energized. The magnetized coils will in turn repel the magnets on the outside of the cockpit. Depending on the preset mode of movement, it will decrease or increase, which will ensure movement in the desired direction and at the desired speed.
Since the elevator cars do not touch the rail, friction is virtually zero, making the ride faster and smoother. Each cabin works autonomously. The tower will be finally completed by the beginning of 2016, after which testing will begin.