Elevator schedules?

March 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm Leave a comment

The two elevators at my office each have those digital panels that tell you what floor they’re currently on, which often leads me to try and figure out the specific elevator algorithms while I’m standing there waiting. I think they run on different algorithms from 8am-5pm and from 5pm-8am, but it’s not worth getting into the specifics. I also know that they sometimes run rather inefficiently, but it’s usually because it’s impossible for an elevator to predict what time or on what floor someone is going to randomly need the elevator.

March 20’s daily design idea is what would it be like if elevators ran more like buses, with scheduled stops on each floor? I can’t imagine it being too difficult to plan my lunch to start on the :06, :26, or :46 of the hour if it meant saving energy. But then again, I also know how waiting for the elevator can be incredibly frustrating when you’re on a deadline.


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