Uber Elevate

The future of on-demand urban air transportation by UBER

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#2 Product of the DayNovember 08, 2017

Uber Elevate is on-demand, urban air transportation. Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft will bring far-reaching changes to our cities and our lives—quicker daily commutes, less traffic congestion, and cleaner air around the world. Uber Elevate has already started exploring the barriers we’ll need to overcome to make this a reality.

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  • moshe beeriCEO, Low.la
    Pros: 

    Its a step in the right direction

    Cons: 

    But it is not the right way to solve this problem

    Gliding systems from zeppelins is the way of solving this problem.

    UBER and everyone else that will trying to commute utilizing freely autonomous propellered system will fail due to inability to control millions of flying vehicles over dense urban area, such as NYC

    moshe beeri has never used this product.
  • Pedro Andrés Urayama RodríguezMD, Family Practice in Los Ángeles, CL
    Pros: 

    It really how UBER is doing this, in parnetship, with commitment and, for over all, in concordante with their company‘s Mision/Vision

    Cons: 

    UBER can make this even more participative when they incluide cities and citizen of other countries. We also have something to say

    The cities of other countries (nor USA), don’t have yet the problems of the “fist world”, but we enjoy the tecnology of the XXI century. We have smarter movility, comunication and protection. But, in somehow, we still live in the 1900, with our families and friends even closer that we have they in recent past. This lucky we have, it’s nothing but TIME, time to us, time to do that we love most. It’s this time that the people of the great cities love but expend it in movilization. In that point, the smaller and “third world” cities are more advance, making the infractusture more eficient and human. Probably the problem of all is size. Probably the future cities will be smaller settlements that have it all in a more efficient space: vertical farms, internet services, virtual malls, etc.

    Pedro Andrés Urayama Rodríguez has never used this product.

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Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
LA in 2020:
Varun Dave@varundave · Varun Dave
@rrhoover This is really exciting. Hope they have an option of flying in a X Wing or The Bat!
Michael Musgrove@mbmusgrove · Marketing guy.
@rrhoover It'll reduce road rage incidents in LA as well.
ILYA SPEKHOV@ispekhov · Founder, www.encounter-app.com
Constantine SharandakPro@constantine_sharandak · Co-founder @ Proficonf
@rrhoover @varundave a TIE Fighter too:)
Kyle Lamy@kalamyty · CTO @ Kickfurther
2020 is not a very realistic timeline IMO. As a private pilot, I've seen plenty of promises of new aircraft that will be "launched" in a few years, yet it ends up taking much longer than expected with testing, production and regulatory hurtles. It will certainly be interesting to see how they progress though!
Michael Musgrove@mbmusgrove · Marketing guy.
@kalamyty A company has already tested this in Dubai to much celebration. The tech is already here.
Kyle Lamy@kalamyty · CTO @ Kickfurther
@mbmusgrove Even with existing proof of concepts, it would still be a lengthy approval process through the FAA. Also, it doesn’t sound like Uber has that proof of concept yet
Dillon Nichols@dillon1337
@mbmusgrove @kalamyty Uber has been successful at getting self driving cars on the road despite the regulations. I don't think that will be the hardest part of this technology.
Michael Musgrove@mbmusgrove · Marketing guy.
@kalamyty I believe it's been more than a proof of concept, outside the states.
Alessio Fanelli@fanahova · All things (e)sports. Full stack dev.
@mbmusgrove @kalamyty @dillon1337 Regulations for driving and flying are much different, especially in SF, NYC and LA where you'd cross into airport airspace for most routes. If even the tiniest thing goes wrong in a flying car, you crash and die. People won't be as willing to try this kind of unregulated tech.
Akshay Kadam(A2K)@deadcoder0904 · JavaScript Fanboy 😍
Now this is the future. AR, VR, AI, ML, Space X, Boring Company, Flying Cars, Mars City, & many more to come. Proud to live in this era 😍
Bradley Tayne@bradleytayne · founder of Flikit
Couldn't agree more @deadcoder0904
Reony Tonneyck@megaroeny · Designer & EV Advocate
Flying cars is not a good idea for mass transit. Even Elon has mentioned this. There's too much risk if things go wrong. Imagine cars and debris, etc falling down onto pedestrians
Tommaso Soru@mommi84 · PhD candidate, AI and Linked Data
@megaroeny I tend to agree with you, however we already have this risk with helicopters and personal jets. The on-board AI system could also help minimize the damage if something goes wrong.
John Chambers@johnechambers · Developer
@megaroeny We'll need a few more air traffic controllers!
Reony Tonneyck@megaroeny · Designer & EV Advocate
@mommi84 @johnechambers Then I just hope they're powered by electric or something else that's clean 😜
Lama Al Rajih@lamaalrajih · CMO, The Tardigrade Group
@megaroeny @mommi84 How many helicopters/planes are in the air compared to cars on the road?
Tommaso Soru@mommi84 · PhD candidate, AI and Linked Data
@megaroeny I hope so too! @lamaalrajih I doubt flying cars are going to reach even a hundredth of the number of cars on the road.
Debasish@techmeditator · Founder, trupublic
I think its gonna happen early i.e. 2018 - www.lilium.com
Daeshawn Ballard@imdaeshawn · Marketing Director, Imagine Careers
Tom Bielecki@tombielecki · Cofounder, PrintToPeer
@techmeditator The website you linked to says a manned flight isn't until 2019 and being able to fly in one won't be until 2025...
Jack Benoff@jack_benoff · Product Mgr. | Account Dir. | Co-Founder
@techmeditator sadly, I think it will take much much longer. Even if the tech/experience is ready for market, and ready to scale (which is unlikely, I think), the government will slow things up. Look at the timelines for autonomous vehicles or Amazon drones...