An elevator is a type of vertical transportation device used to move people and goods between floors of a building, vessel, or other structure. The most common form of an elevator is a box-like compartment suspended by cables and mounted within an enclosed shaft in order to move up and down along the shaft’s walls. Elevators are typically powered by electric motors that drive traction cables and counterweight systems, or by hydraulic or pneumatic systems. Elevators are used in both commercial and residential buildings to provide access to multiple floors. Elevators can be used for a variety of purposes, including transporting people, goods, and materials. They are also used in industrial settings to move heavy equipment and materials between different levels of a facility. Elevators are an important part of modern architecture, as they allow for the efficient movement of large numbers of people in small spaces. Elevators can also be used to improve accessibility in buildings, allowing people with disabilities to access higher floors. Elevators are typically designed with safety features such as emergency brakes and sensors that stop the elevator if an obstruction is detected. Elevators have been around since ancient times, but the modern version of the elevator was invented by in 1853. Since then, elevators have become an integral part of modern architecture and are used in many different types of buildings around the world.