The new elevator ditches cables that suspend conventional cars in favor of magnetic levitation, the same technology used to make high-speed trains travel upwards of 200 mph. Super strong magnets on each elevator car work in tandem with a magnetized coil that runs along the elevator shaft, essentially making the cars float. Turning the coils on and off pulls the car in various directions by harnessing the different magnetic fields.

The elevator moves through exchangers which are kind of like advanced railway switches to guide the cars. Bearings are mounted to each elevator car to allow it to change direction – left, right, diagonally – while keeping the car level to the ground. This design also makes them very safe since the bearings and switches are activated only when the magnetic fields are energized.

The future of elevators is here and it is going to blow your mind

While testing has shown this new technology moves people more quickly and efficiently, it’s not just about the speed. These travel at 1,000 to 1,400 feet per minute, which is far slower the nearly 2,000 fpm of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. (Speeds greater than that can cause ear drum discomfort and nausea.)

No more cables means the cars be stacked at nearly every floor without the danger of overload. If a car is blocked by another, it can move left or right to get out of the way. The traffic can be managed the same as other forms of compartmentalized mass transit like subways, guaranteeing a car will be available at each floor within 30 seconds.

The future of elevators is here and it is going to blow your mind

While the benefit of use in super skyscrapers is obvious, they also make the design and construction of elaborate business complexes more viable. Architects would no longer be limited to designing around elevator shafts, which often comprise 40% of a building’s core. Elevators could be installed anywhere, even on the perimeter.

Future cities of less self-contained structures connected by elevators that transports you sideways and diagonally is just around the corner.