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Uber Trip Experiences

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Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
Excited to already have contributed to my first Uber Developer Platform launch at Uber! This new API elevates the kind of contextual awareness app makers can have to Uber riders and provide them with customized, relevant experiences based on their pickup and destination and how much (free) time they have (ETA). More on the blog: https://newsroom.uber.com/trip-e...
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@chrismessina such a cool idea! Awesome to see you with an impact already (expected, obviously) Where can you see this going? What about pre-arranged experiences? Two random people have Sat afternoon free, take them somewhere.... then, Tinder + Uber = On-Demand Wedding.
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
Thanks @bentossell! It's kind of insane that after literally my first week at Uber I was able to jump in and contribute to this launch, which, to be clear, was already in the works by fine folks like @chrissaad, @noonism, @dmitry140, and @SaraIttelson before I arrived. I just helped with the naming and launch deck. :) That said, it's this (and other secret things that are planned!) that convinced me to join Uber, and inspired my post about joining Uber. Specifically, when I said "Uber exists at the beginning of the inevitable shift from an internet experienced on screens to an internet that is present in and connects the everyday things that are all around us." I was thinking of something like Trip Experiences, which makes use of contextual information about what you're up to (or about to be!) (i.e. going to the movies, or going to a restaurant, etc) to bring you more relevant information and experiences than can be done by merely knowing where your phone is. We've outlined some of the app ideas we think are promising in our blog: Entertainment: 10 minute playlists for a 10 minute trip News: A five minute news update for a five minute trip Local Guides: Insights and offers at your destination Your home: Turn on the heating when you’re headed home Of course, all of these experiences presume that the rider is in complete control. They need to first give permission before any app can connect to Uber and access their trip details. And, as you'd expect, they can then turn off these experiences on an app by app basis. We think that this kind of specific contextual information — as a category — will help makes apps and notifications more useful, more relevant, and more interesting. So beyond the examples enumerated here, I'm excited to hear what other folks are interested in building!
Jim Canto@jimcanto · Freedom hunter. Citizen dev. Solopreneur
@bentossell ...you had me until the whole "wedding" thing. 😨😁 @chrismessina
Philip Kuklis@philipkuklis · Co-Founder, Hubble
@chrismessina Awesome job! I think this will be a true game changer on how we connect with everyday things around us, as you said. Definitely needs more love from the PH community :)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@jimcanto hahaha.
Jim Canto@jimcanto · Freedom hunter. Citizen dev. Solopreneur
@chrismessina Really interesting, Chris. And congrats to Uber...they're lucky to have you. Personally, I don't keep location on on my phone. Partly for privacy and mostly for power conservation. Any thoughts? Also, I love the Playlist idea...and I'd bet short movies/episodes will naturally become a thing. But what do you think about the possibility of short accredited courses... Uber-U? New meaning to "commuting to school?"
Chris Saad@chrissaad · Head of Product, Uber Developer Platform
@jimcanto @chrismessina Interesting thing is that you don't need to have location services on for this to work. If you're on a trip with Uber and you've authed an app it can still use your trip context to give you unique trip experiences.
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@chrissaad Uber works without location services?? TIL! But yeah, I think the general trend towards apps being more aware /sensitive / responsive to your context is a productive direction. I also ❤️ the idea of bite-sized courses for Uber riders.
Michael Sitver@msitver · Curator @ Morning Short, Commute Kit
@chrismessina Congrats on the launch. I sent you a few lingering questions/comments.
Aurélien Fache@mathemagie · Enhanced Reality designer
@chrismessina about Trip Experiences: Does Uber plan to provide virtual reality headsets? e.g. to visit Paris during the 60s
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@mathemagie great idea! No plans that I know of — but an intrepid developer should pursue it!
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Chris Messina
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@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
Excited to already have contributed to my first Uber Developer Platform launch at Uber! This new API elevates the kind of contextual awareness app makers can have to Uber riders and provide them with customized, relevant experiences based on their pickup and destination and how much (free) time they have (ETA). More on the blog: https://newsroom.uber.com/trip-e...
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@chrismessina such a cool idea! Awesome to see you with an impact already (expected, obviously) Where can you see this going? What about pre-arranged experiences? Two random people have Sat afternoon free, take them somewhere.... then, Tinder + Uber = On-Demand Wedding.
Chris Messina
Maker
@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
Thanks @bentossell! It's kind of insane that after literally my first week at Uber I was able to jump in and contribute to this launch, which, to be clear, was already in the works by fine folks like @chrissaad, @noonism, @dmitry140, and @SaraIttelson before I arrived. I just helped with the naming and launch deck. :) That said, it's this (and other secret things that are planned!) that convinced me to join Uber, and inspired my post about joining Uber. Specifically, when I said "Uber exists at the beginning of the inevitable shift from an internet experienced on screens to an internet that is present in and connects the everyday things that are all around us." I was thinking of something like Trip Experiences, which makes use of contextual information about what you're up to (or about to be!) (i.e. going to the movies, or going to a restaurant, etc) to bring you more relevant information and experiences than can be done by merely knowing where your phone is. We've outlined some of the app ideas we think are promising in our blog: Entertainment: 10 minute playlists for a 10 minute trip News: A five minute news update for a five minute trip Local Guides: Insights and offers at your destination Your home: Turn on the heating when you’re headed home Of course, all of these experiences presume that the rider is in complete control. They need to first give permission before any app can connect to Uber and access their trip details. And, as you'd expect, they can then turn off these experiences on an app by app basis. We think that this kind of specific contextual information — as a category — will help makes apps and notifications more useful, more relevant, and more interesting. So beyond the examples enumerated here, I'm excited to hear what other folks are interested in building!
Jim Canto@jimcanto · Freedom hunter. Citizen dev. Solopreneur
@bentossell ...you had me until the whole "wedding" thing. 😨😁 @chrismessina
Philip Kuklis@philipkuklis · Co-Founder, Hubble
@chrismessina Awesome job! I think this will be a true game changer on how we connect with everyday things around us, as you said. Definitely needs more love from the PH community :)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@jimcanto hahaha.
Jim Canto@jimcanto · Freedom hunter. Citizen dev. Solopreneur
@chrismessina Really interesting, Chris. And congrats to Uber...they're lucky to have you. Personally, I don't keep location on on my phone. Partly for privacy and mostly for power conservation. Any thoughts? Also, I love the Playlist idea...and I'd bet short movies/episodes will naturally become a thing. But what do you think about the possibility of short accredited courses... Uber-U? New meaning to "commuting to school?"
Chris Saad
Maker
@chrissaad · Head of Product, Uber Developer Platform
@jimcanto @chrismessina Interesting thing is that you don't need to have location services on for this to work. If you're on a trip with Uber and you've authed an app it can still use your trip context to give you unique trip experiences.
Chris Messina
Maker
@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@chrissaad Uber works without location services?? TIL! But yeah, I think the general trend towards apps being more aware /sensitive / responsive to your context is a productive direction. I also ❤️ the idea of bite-sized courses for Uber riders.
Michael Sitver@msitver · Curator @ Morning Short, Commute Kit
@chrismessina Congrats on the launch. I sent you a few lingering questions/comments.
Aurélien Fache@mathemagie · Enhanced Reality designer
@chrismessina about Trip Experiences: Does Uber plan to provide virtual reality headsets? e.g. to visit Paris during the 60s
Chris Messina
Maker
@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@mathemagie great idea! No plans that I know of — but an intrepid developer should pursue it!
Marshall Kirkpatrick@marshallk · founder, Little Bird
That's pretty awesome. I've heard about car manufacturers strategizing about how to become entertainment platforms once their cars are autonomous and passengers are looking for something to do.
Chris Saad
Maker
@chrissaad · Head of Product, Uber Developer Platform
@marshallk The most important in car entertainment system is the one in your hand
Chris Maddern@chrismaddern · Co-Founder, Button
Congrats guys! This type of functionality is a glimpse of what the interconnected mesh of apps in the future will look like - they all know what their user is up to and how to best serve them. This kind of context enables incredible smart, immersive experiences, allowing apps to 'disappear' more and more. To Daniel's point above, seems like there are awesome opportunities to help users discover services that create a great in-Uber experience. Besides the obvious attention opportunity, it's also a really interesting habit forming opportunity - it's a trigger that's tied to a physical habit (your routine transportation), which seems like an amazing hack to help train other habits - Duolingo every time you're in an Uber or dredging up a postponed email for 'some day' from last month and encouraging you to action it, pick a friend that you haven't chatted to in a while and encourage you to call /write them etc.. Can't wait to see what people do with this - and to see two-way app comms proliferate!
Tyler Swartz@tylerswartz · Product @ Tripping
Very interested to see all of the of the things that 3rd party developers think up! Great to see Uber continue to improve and create innovative ways to use their API. 👏👏
Daniel.@danielrakh · Product Designer | iOS Developer
Hey @chrismessina really excited to see this! What are the plans on showcasing apps built on top of the platform and just in general getting the word out there that they exist? Is this something Uber is planning to a play a role in at all?
Chris Saad
Maker
@chrissaad · Head of Product, Uber Developer Platform
@danielrakh Great idea! Know someone who wants to come to SF and help us build that? :)
Daniel.@danielrakh · Product Designer | iOS Developer
@chrissaad I might have someone in mind. 😄
Chris Messina
Maker
@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@danielrakh if only there were someone that could write up a spec for how this might look...
Daniel.@danielrakh · Product Designer | iOS Developer
@chrismessina 🤔🤔🤔🤔 😌