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By Lara Haidamous
Are Helipads over towering rooftops already out of mode?
The developer of one of Miami’s most prominent real estate developments, Paramount Miami Worldcenter, thinks so.
Anticipating the important of futuristic flying cars, Paramount Miami Worldcenter started working on Skyports.
Skyports for flying cars
Paramount Miami Worldcenter is preparing for the future of urban aviation by making modifications to the rooftop design of the tower to accommodate a 5,000-square-foot Skyport on top of a new 60-story downtown Miami high-rise.
Dan Kodsi, a veteran developer, with a masters in urban planning and background as a recreational pilot, has built more than 6,000 units over the course of his 30-year career.
Today, he is readying his state-of-the-art future-forward residential tower, with the ability to convert its rooftop into a Skyport for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, also known as passenger drones, or what some may call “flying cars.”
“While the industry still has many regulatory hurdles to clear, PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter is excited to be at the forefront of urban aviation with what can one day be the first residential Skyport in Miami,” said Dan Kodsi, the developer of the project.
Imagine traveling from Miami to Palm Beach—a drive that takes the better part of two hours—in about 30 minutes. That stop-and-go traffic to the suburbs could become a burden of the past for PARAMOUNT residents,” he added.
The future of transportation is here
“The future of transportation is here within the next 10 to 15 years and urban aviation is closer to reality than you might expect,” explained Kodsi.
“The flying vehicles will use airspace to alleviate transportation congestion and traffic on the ground for quicker daily commutes, and cleaner air around the world.”
“These vehicles are more like a helicopter, but much quieter, run electronically and are environmentally friendly,” he added.
One day, PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter residents could seamlessly ride a sleek glass elevator up to the luxury tower’s private rooftop, where they could be picked up or dropped off by on-demand aircraft.
Let’s fly over Dubai
Last year, during Uber’s annual Elevate Summit, the company’s Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden announced a partnership with Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to conduct studies related to introducing flying taxis in the city.
He also said the company hoped to conduct passenger flights during the Expo 2020 in Dubai.
“[Dubai is] the first city in the world to embrace the concept of urban aviation,” said Holden during his speech, noting at the time that Dubai’s urban layout was well-suited for an aerial ride-hailing service.
He also mentioned that Uber was collaborating with some of Dubai’s “premier real estate developers” as part of efforts to establish infrastructure for flying taxi service, but said the company wasn’t yet ready to make any formal announcements.
Dubai in the skies
Dubai’s RTA carried out the first test run of an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) last year with the launch operations to take place very soon.
Ever since UBER Elevate announced it would begin testing its urban air taxis in Dallas- Fort Worth, Los Angeles, and Dubai in 2020, a galactic style race erupted to develop flying cars.