NOVA: Trapped In An Elevator
Airs Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
How do elevators work? Are they safe? Why are so many people afraid of them? Across North America, elevators move 325 million passengers every day, and, most of the time, people don’t give them a second thought. In "Trapped In An Elevator," NOVA reveals the secret life of these ubiquitous machines and investigates personal stories of those who have been caught inside when they fail.
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Once brawny but simple machines, elevators are getting a brainy makeover. Computer controls, like those in the elevators at the Marriot Marquis in Times Square, are getting passengers to their destinations faster and more safely than ever before. But will the elevator-wary be comfortable handing over the reins to computers?