When I first heard about this I immediately thought of the Jetson’s cartoon and had to do a double take. Seriously??!!
If I had a crazy news section on the blog, this is where I would place this – definitely a “miamism”!
Well…the future is here and it’s not too far-fetched.
eVTOLs – air taxis or flying taxis in Miami Soon!
eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) is a type of aircraft that is designed to take off and land vertically, like a helicopter, but with electric propulsion. There has been a lot of interest in this new type of aircraft because it has the potential to revolutionize the way people travel in urban areas.
As for Miami, there have been plans to introduce eVTOL aircraft to the city in the near future. Several companies have announced plans to launch eVTOL air taxi services in Miami. These services would allow passengers to quickly and efficiently travel around the city, avoiding the traffic congestion that is often a problem on the ground.
The City of Miami has been supportive of this new technology and has been working with these companies to make sure that the necessary infrastructure is in place to support eVTOL aircraft. This includes building landing pads and charging stations for the aircraft, as well as working with the FAA to ensure that safety standards are met.
Talk about exciting!! a solution that would make travel more efficient but would also reduce traffic congestion and air pollution!
I’m sure you are asking when this will happen, the same way I did. The good news is that we are looking as early as 2024! (not in 30 years, but next year!!) <<can you feel my excitement?
Some companies to keep an eye on for these flying taxis are Joby Aviation, Uber, and Lilium.
Urban Air Mobility
This is a term that is definitely new to me but one that is crucial to our city. The UAM Initiative is focused on promoting the development and integration of eVTOL aircraft and related infrastructure in Miami, with the goal of creating a safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation system for the city.
While there’s no single organization in charge of UAM, there are several players with moving parts:
In Miami, the Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) is the agency responsible for overseeing and managing transportation infrastructure and services in the city, including Urban Air Mobility (UAM).
Additionally, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, which oversees Miami International Airport and several other airports in the region, has also been involved in discussions around UAM and the potential development of Vertiports and other related infrastructure to support eVTOL operations.
The City of Miami has also established the Miami Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Initiative, which is a collaborative effort between the City, the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, and several other stakeholders, including academic institutions and industry partners
Let’s go Miami!! Always at the forefront of innovation – super proud of our city!
Will you be the first to jump on a flying Uber?
**some sections of this article completed with the help of ChatGPT. Written, edited and composed by a real miamism human. Images created with help of midjourney and edited by a miamism human.