Article Courtesy of MISHTALK
Published May 9, 2019
In what's likely to be
some sort of marketing ploy, a condo
development in Miami is making preparations
for flying cars.
This George Jetson story
is so absurd that I would have guessed Elon
Musk or Trump was behind it. Nope.
Here's an announcement
that's safe to mock Flying cars haven’t landed yet, but this
$600 million Miami condo development is preparing for their
“Flying cars are still years away, but residents may
eventually be able to fly them home to the $600 million
Paramount Miami Worldcenter, a 540-unit condominium
building. The 60-story residential tower in downtown Miami
has a private skyport, which it says is designed in
anticipation for flying cars, or vertical takeoff and
landing (VTOL) vehicles.
There are some major drawbacks to the skyport: Cars can only
take off and land there, and currently there is no VTOL
vehicle that is commercially available. “We have built the
60th floor SkyDeck pool so its floor will rise, transforming
itself into a take-off and landing pad,” says Daniel Kodsi,
Paramount Miami Worldcenter’s CEO-developer.
So if George Jetson or his modern equivalent wants to land there, the other
millionaire residents will have to cut their exercise short and jump out of
the pool. If the floor rises, the pool will need to be drained.
Flying cars are being developed by big name companies like Airbus, Boeing,
Germany’s Volocopter. Some estimates say the industry will be worth $615
billion by 2040.
“You never even have to go through the lobby,” Kodsi says of conceiving the
idea for a 5,000-square-foot roof-top landing pad. Residents of the 549-unit
condo tower “can get dropped off on the roof and take a private elevator to
their high-rise homes,” says Kodsi. He was inspired by the 1960s cartoon
“The Jetsons” to build the Skyport in anticipation of facilitating the
futuristic flying cars.
Personal Flying Vehicles
Flying cars for the masses? Now? Please be serious.
When I was a kid, I had visions of Personal Flying Vehicles. I called them
They would not really look like cars.
I don't doubt PFVs will become a reality, eventually. But when? At what
price? For the masses?
Preparing now for something that is many decades away, if ever, with specs
that will undoubtedly change, is ridiculous. The design requiring the pool
to drain is beyond absurd.
But here we are.
This has to be some sort of marketing ploy.