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By Sonia Taylor, homes.nine.com.au
Flying cars aren’t just fodder for science-fiction; a vision of a distant future we never seem to reach. In Miami, a new luxury development signals that the future is now.
The Jetsons-era has arrived, according to veteran developer, Dan Kodsi. He believes flying cars are on the near horizon, and is readying his latest residential project in Miami with a rooftop sky pad. Watch the video above to see his plans.
“It’s not a question of if, but when,” Kodsi said to The Miami Herald.
Paramount Miami Worldcenter is a luxury high-rise ready to be compatible for passenger drones, or VTOL (vertical takeoff or landing) vehicles. In other words: flying cars.
As a developer, Kodsi likes to keep abreast of future trends. This futuristic amenity was the result of reading about Uber Elevate; Uber Technologies’ planned VTOL ride-sharing network.
A future with flying taxis and urban aviation is meant to begin in Dallas, Los Angeles and Dubai after 2020.
Kodsi will be ready: he’s in the process of modifying the rooftop’s design to fit a 5,000-square-foot skyport on top of the 60-storey, 530-unit tower. Watch the video above to see how the pool turns into a sky pad.
The tower is already 75 percent pre-sold, and slated to open next year.
The design means residents could land on top of the building in VTOL vehicles, enter Paramount through a ‘sky lobby’ (entirely encased in glass) and then glide down to their unit in a similarly glass-enclosed elevator.
Kodsi thinks flying taxis will be the norm within 10 to 15 years.
“I really truly believe the skyport will be the future train station,” Kodsi added. “Why not buy in a building that has the potential to be in line where transportation is heading?” he told The Real Deal.