Hitachi Planning 45mph Elevators
Lifts will be world's fastest, company says
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 27, 2014 8:50 AM CDT
A Chinese man cycles past the financial district in Guangzhou, China, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

(Newser) – Elevators planned for a Chinese skyscraper will be the fastest in the world, traveling at 44.7mph. How fast is that, in building terms? Well, the two Hitachi elevators will cover 95 floors in 43 seconds, Businessweek reports. They'll be housed in the 1,738-foot Guangzhou CTF Finance Center, which is due to open in 2016. According to Hitachi, passengers will have a "comfortable ride."

But "when you're traveling that distance, you're going to get pressures on your ears changing," an expert tells the BBC. Hitachi says it will adjust air pressure inside the elevator cars accordingly. Meanwhile, "active guide rollers" will deal with vibration and any "minute warping in the guide rails," the company adds. Brakes will be able to withstand high temperatures. Currently, the world's fastest elevators are in Taiwan's Taipei 101 building; they move at 37.7mph. (China is also home to the world's second tallest building—and two daredevils recently scaled it.)

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Kenny
Apr 28, 2014 8:04 AM CDT
As a Professional Elevator/Escalator Tech...I sure hope Hitachi's new equipment is a lot better than their older stuff I've worked on, here in the States....Yikes!
Ezekiel 25:17
Apr 27, 2014 3:30 PM CDT
America has the distinction for developing the most sophisticated lifts. One of them made for a hotel is the first one of its kind. First of all, it incorporates security measures in that you have to scan your room card in the system. In the lobby, It already knows what floor you want to go when you scan it in a center consoled in the middle of the elevator banks. It then tells you which elevator to enter to take a programmed ride to your floor along with other people going to that floor or near it. If you are a member of one of their loyalty programs then when you scan your card you also have the option of going to the executive level for the lounge or club. By organizing all rides based on destination, they are able to save on costs of operating the system.
bobvenn
Apr 27, 2014 12:33 PM CDT
I wonder how long it would take to climb the stairs all the way to the top. Great morning workout. Might need a shower on the top floor.