Miami Condo Prepares Landing Pad for Flying Cars

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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 arrival.

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.

Meet George Jetson

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 PFVs.

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.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (20)
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Sechel
Sechel

clearly it will be used as a pool

JonSellers
JonSellers

"Some estimates say the industry will be worth $615 billion by 2040."

Ridiculous. My estimate is only $594.32 billion. Everybody knows $615 is way too high.

And if its coming from Miami (my son lives in Miami) you know its rock-solid truth.

Brother
Brother

Suicide jump station

Greggg
Greggg

I see the first landing... a pig.

Maximus_Minimus
Maximus_Minimus

Since this is Miami, wouldn't a flying boat be a better idea?

thimk
thimk

gregg - you've published Amazon's prototype Whole Foods fresh pork delivery system.

2banana
2banana

The top tower of the Empire State Building has a docking station for Zeppelins.

Barely used - but a cool selling point, back in the day.

Stuki
Stuki

This nonsense, along with self driving cars, travel to Mars, bacteria produced "milk" and the idiocy that blindly "investing" in things one has no asymmetric information about; are somehow useful activities; are all simple, predictable results of the same underlying pathology: Monetary expansion. Which provides the illusion that there are more real resources available than there really is, such that any of this drivel can ever be completed. While, in reality, all that the monetary expansion does, is bring further destruction to a capital base which has already been decimated since the demise of Bretton Woods.

Tanner D
Tanner D

What’s the difrence between a flying car and a helicopter? So they are building a helipad by a difrent name. Aside from the gimmick aspect, it sound normal. Hope they reconsider the transforming pool.

ReadyKilowatt
ReadyKilowatt

Obviously a sci-fi induced dream of a real estate tycoon and an architect who know nothing about aviation. At best you might be able to land on a calm, windless day. And anyone in the pool would be blown off by the prop wash while it was landing. Taking off would probably be a little easier, but the landing problem won't be overcome easily.

ksdude
ksdude

Do the blueprints have MuskCo stamped on the bottom? The only flying cars we have now are bits and pieces of Teslas shrapnel from them blowing up so I guess it's only feasible we can get the rest of the car into the air soon.

Wagner12
Wagner12

Flying cars are more realistic than hydrogen cars being hyped on this blog.

mpowerOR
mpowerOR

Self-driving car hype is justified, yet the inevitable flying car is mocked? Interesting hypocrisy here @ MishTalk.