The luxury high-rise development in Miami that is already being adapted for FLYING CARS

The luxury high-rise development in Miami that is already being adapted for FLYING CARS

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A luxury housing skyscraper is preparing for the advent of flying cars
The 60-story tower will be fitted with a 5,000 square foot skyport
Residents will land on top of the building and go through a sky lobby to their unit
A 2-bedroom condo starts at $980,000 (£690,000) in the exclusive building

By Joe Pinkstone,

Flying cars seem to be swiftly leaving the realm of science fiction and soaring into the world of reality.

In preparation for aerial commuting, a luxury high-rise property developer in Miami is making sure the owners of the space-age vehicles have a place to land.

His solution is to build a 'skyport' for flying vehicles on top of a 60-floor building, 700 feet (200 metres) above the ground.

Owners of flying cars will be able to land on top of the tower and fly down to their apartment or condo via a 'sky lobby' and a glass elevator.

The change is being made at luxury development Paramount Miami Worldcenter.

Developer Dan Kodsi has designed a skyscraper with a skyport for the flying cars of wealthy inhabitants of the future.

He had the idea after reading about Uber's plans to start a VTOL (Vertical Take-off and Landing) ride-sharing network, set to begin in Dallas, Los Angeles and Dubai in the next two years.

Mr Kodsi expects flying cars to reach Miami in 10 to 15 years, writes The Real Deal.

Situated in downtown Miami overlooking the beach, the high-end real estate will have 5,000-square-foot (460 square metres) of skyport providing swift entry and exit for take-off and landing.

Although it is still being built, the tower is nearing completion, with construction currently on the 47th floor.

Despite a two-bedroom condo starting at $980,000 (£690,000), the tower is 75 per cent pre-sold, according to Mr Kodsi, who is co-developing the project with Worldcenter developers Art Falcone and Nitin Motwani.

He says the building needs the lavish skyport in anticipation of the technology taking off in the near future.

The developers hope that by preempting demand they can give customers what they want, before they need it.

'Being a developer you want to see where the trends are heading and stay ahead of them,' he said.

'I really truly believe the skyport will be the future train station,' Mr Kodsi added.

'Why not buy in a building that has the potential to be in line where transportation is heading?'

Mr Kodsi and his team got the idea from Uber's VTOL programme.
Uber first announced its intention to work on a flying taxi service since 2016, when it published a lengthy white paper on 'Uber Elevate'.

It has since worked with Nasa to launch the UberAir project, with building set to start in the next two years in in Dallas, Los Angeles and Dubai.

According to Uber, an all-electric, 200mph (320kph) ride across the skies of LA will be price-competitive with an UberX trip of the same distance.

The ride-hailing company hopes UberAir will be well-established before the 2028 Olympic Games in the city.

In a previous statement, chief product officer at Uber, Jeff Holden, said: 'By the time the Olympics come, we believe Los Angeles residents will be making heavy use of UberAIR.

'Because UberAIR is all-electric from day one, it will have a net positive impact on the environment.'