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A next-generation elevator

The first fully autonomous, self-propelled elevator cab – Hyprlift is a next-generation elevator for the next generation of tall buildings.

A next-generation elevator

The first fully autonomous, self-propelled elevator cab – Hyprlift is a next-generation elevator for the next generation of tall buildings.

Market & Opportunity

As the demand for space in densely populated urban areas increases, the need for taller buildings becomes paramount. Hyprlift is a next-generation elevator that represents a radical innovation in vertical transportation that will meet the demands of these taller buildings.

Joe Neto

“The Hyprlift system is a logical solution and may very well be the next major advancement in elevator design and technology for supertall buildings.”

Joe Neto, V. P. – Key Accounts
VDA Elevator Consulting

Randy Wilcox

“Hyprlift recalls the early years of our industry when change was rapid, visionaries imagined a future none had seen, and innovators fundamentally changed our cities. I applaud the effort and look forward to seeing the commercialization of Hyprlift’s technology.”

Randy Wilcox, Former President
Otis Elevator Company

Peter Weismantle

“There is both a critical market need and global business opportunity for the Hyprlift system…this potentially game-changing technology.”

Peter Weismantle, Managing Director
Peter Weismantle LLC
Former Director of Supertall Building
Technology, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Hyprlift - A Next-Generation Elevator

Smaller Footprint

Untethered by hoist ropes and traveling cables, Hyprlift elevator cabs are self-propelled, allowing multiple cabs to travel within the same shaft. This enables Hyprlift to outperform traditional elevator systems using fewer shafts.

Fewer shafts means new buildings can be designed with narrower cores, freeing up valuable interior space for other uses. And existing under-elevatored buildings can for the first time meet their building’s vertical transport demands.

Limitless Heights

Unlike traditional elevators that have height limitations due to their reliance on hoist ropes, Hyprlift self-propelled cabs can travel non-stop to virtually any height, eliminating the need for passengers to stop and transfer from one elevator to another to reach their destination.

No hoist ropes also means no more elevator shutdowns or slowdowns due to windy conditions, as Hyprlift cabs are unaffected by building sway.

Hyprlift - A Next-Generation Elevator

Limitless Heights

Unlike traditional elevators that have height limitations due to their reliance on hoist ropes, Hyprlift self-propelled cabs can travel non-stop to virtually any height, eliminating the need for passengers to stop and transfer from one elevator to another to reach their destination.

No hoist ropes also means no more elevator shutdowns or slowdowns due to windy conditions, as Hyprlift cabs are unaffected by building sway.

Hyprlift - A Next-Generation Elevator

Greater Efficiency

Hyprlift’s ability to provide greater transport capacity and shorter wait times means passengers get to where they’re going faster – that’s efficiency.

Energy efficiency is optimized as Hyprlift cabs are designed for minimum mass thereby requiring far less energy to propel than traditional elevator cabs.

Hyprlift cabs also use dynamic braking during their descent to regenerate energy that is stored and then used to augment the energy needed for their ascent.

Hyprlift - A Next-Generation Elevator

Boundless Autonomy

Hyprlift cabs are not bound to a single shaft but instead use AI-driven destination dispatching to navigate autonomously throughout the building in multiple shafts.

Transfer stations located at the terminal ends of the shafts and at intermediate locations throughout the shafts allow cabs to easily transfer horizontally from shaft-to-shaft.

Transfer stations also allow cabs to be quickly removed from the shaft for offline maintenance and repair.

Standard Compartment
Panoramic Window/Display
Seated Compartment
Wrap-Around Seating With Skylight

Comfort & Safety

Designed for comfort and safety, Hyprlift cabs deliver an unparalleled passenger-experience. The passenger compartment is a human-interactive, intelligent

environment designed to give passengers a futuristic experience from the moment they enter the cab until they’re delivered safely to their destination.

Team

James Hutchinson

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Seeking to revolutionize the industry he has been a part of for three decades, serial entrepreneur James Hutchinson conceptualized the Hyprlift self-propelled elevator cab and founded Hyprlift, Inc. in April 2019. As a 30-year veteran of business development and enterprise sales in the vertical transportation technologies space, preceded by eight years as a mechanical design engineer, James sought to combine his past and present skill sets to become a driving force for radical innovation in an industry that’s not seen significant innovation in well over a hundred years.

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Daniel Johnson, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Daniel Johnson is Hyprlift’s Chief Technology Officer. In this leadership role, Dan is responsible for guiding the overall design and development of the Hyprlift system. Dan was instrumental in providing the foundational engineering design and modeling work behind Hyprlift’s revolutionary dynamic-tractive drive system. He also led the effort to secure funding to construct a proof-of-concept prototype through an SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Avery Jutkowitz

Head of Control Systems Engineering

As Head of Control Systems Engineering, Avery Jutkowitz is responsible for the design and development of Hyprlift’s controls and electronic systems architecture. With over 24 years of experience developing innovative, next-generation automated control systems, Avery brings a vast amount of relevant knowledge and expertise to the Hyprlift team.   

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Ronald Schoolcraft

Head of Powertrain Engineering

As Head of Powertrain Engineering, Ronald Schoolcraft is responsible for the design and development of Hyprlift’s dynamic-tractive drive powertrain and suspension system. Ron brings to the Hyprlift team over 35 years of power transmission industry experience from a wide range of industries including automotive, aerospace, industrial, agricultural, construction, marine, drilling, and defense.

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Talal Alami

Head of International Business Development

As Head of International Business Development, Talal Alami is responsible for promoting the Hyprlift brand by identifying and pursuing new business opportunities and educating target prospects in the international markets. Fluent in both English and Arabic, Talal possesses strong cross-cultural communication skills in Hyprlift’s initial target markets. Talal’s other strong skill sets include sales and marketing, market analysis, networking, and customer relationship management.

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Advisory Council

Randy Wilcox

Randy retired as President Americas for industry-leader Otis Elevator Company. During his 32 years with Otis he served as President Americas, President South Asia Pacific Area, as well as held numerous other positions. Today Randy assists those looking to invest in the elevator industry and serves on the board of directors of the largest independent elevator service company in North America. He also serves on several other for-profit and non-profit boards outside the elevator industry.

 

Peter Weismantle, FAIA RIBA

Prior to founding his own consultancy firm, Peter was the Director of Supertall Building Technology at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture for 12 years, preceded by 31 years as an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. During his distinguished career, Peter was the senior technical architect for several world-renowned supertall building projects including Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world’s tallest building, and the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, currently under construction but when completed will surpass the Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest building.

Joseph Neto

Joe is the Vice President-Key Accounts for VDA Elevator Consulting, a leader in the elevator consultancy space. Over the course of his career, Joe has consulted on many iconic high-rise building projects including Hudson Yards, the largest commercial real estate development project in U.S. history. With over 35 years of elevator industry experience, Joe is regarded as an expert in his field evidenced by his many industry-related licenses and certifications.

 

James Fortune

Jim is the founder and principal partner at Fortune Shepler Saling (FS2), a leading consultancy firm in the vertical transportation industry. Jim’s reputation as the world’s foremost expert on supertall buildings was earned as a result of his consulting on the world’s tallest buildings including Taipei 101 in Taiwan, the IFC and ICC towers in China, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Jeddah Tower, currently under construction in Saudi Arabia. Drawing on over 40 years of elevator industry experience, Jim has authored many technical papers and spoken at industry events about advancements in elevator technology.

Professor Mark Cutkosky, PhD

Mark is head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. Mark applies analyses, simulations, and experiments to the design and control of robotic hands, tactile sensors, and devices for human/computer interaction. His research work at Stanford includes the development of patented technology for scaling smooth vertical surfaces using anisotropic frictional materials, a.k.a. gecko-inspired dry adhesives.

 

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