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Elevator numbers 2022 11 01 09 29 17 utcThe latest breed of elevators can recognize your face, greet you by name, take you to your floor automatically — and even stop to let on a robot bearing a catering platter or hospital tray.

Why it matters: The widespread fear of elevators that hit during the pandemic served to turbo-charge new innovations, in what some are calling a "digital revolution."

  • New features make the ride safer, faster and more convenient, but come with a big price tag for building owners.
  • For developers who want to spend the cash, the sky's the limit: AI and facial recognition can push customized entertainment and advertisements on elevator screens to passengers who opt in.
  • Elevators that travel horizontally may be on the horizon, paving the way for new architectural innovations.