Batch Processing Elevator Rides

Have you ever been annoyed at being stuck in an elevator that seems to stop at every single floor? I know I have, and the building I work in only has four floors. Apparently the designers of the new New York Times building were annoyed too. More importantly, they decided to do something about it:

At our building, a rider pushes a button on a keypad before getting on an elevator to tell the system what floor she’d like to go to. The system then directs her to a specific car which, in theory, will also carry other riders going to that same floor. The idea is to get riders to their floors faster by ‘batch processing’ them, so to speak, rather than serially processing them.

I think this is a really neat idea. I’m always amazed when something that is so ubiquitous in our lives gets redesigned. I feel like usually it never occurs to people that something so mundane could be made better. I sure hope the usability kinks get worked out and that people take to the idea.

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