Uber Like Taxi Application Development
Here are the key functionalities that need to be developed, to have an application like Uber. If you add more features, your app will cost you more of course.
Maps and Location
The technology of GPS tracking is used to identify the current location, find cars & track the way. Besides, the perfect journey tracking gives the actual estimation.
Having an app without a payment gateway solution fully compliant and working fine is the same thing as having a Tesla car without a battery. Inbuilt payments allow a user to pay for the ride right from the app. The current technology also enables transferring money between drivers on mobile.
If you want to process credit card payments directly from your clients, you need to use a payment service such as Stripe, Braintree, PayU or Hyper Pay that partially does the job for you. Integration of such payment options involves technical complexity that consumes numerous hours and resources which can lead to an increase in app cost.
Built-in module to collect fees from drivers
Paying the driver in cashless instalments using the driver’s credit cards is a must. The system should allow you to make your own rules: set up how, when, and how much fees you want to get from your drivers. Create multiple subscription plans, select a billing cycle and forget about manual paperwork. The system handles payments automatically.
The driver has the access to the current balance, subscription details, top-up features and a list of transactions.
Smart analytics system
Doing your business with no analytical data is like driving a car with your eyes closed. Get numbers, analyse them every month or day, and improve your business accordingly.
Having the information about every bit of your business in well-presented reports will help you see where your business needs some improvements and where it is doing good. Track number of orders, booking sources, assigned vs missed orders (yes, you need to track that).
Make decisions ONLY based on real numbers!
The integration of those “invisible features” can take 10-20% additional budget.
The basic requirement of authorization has various reasons. First, for online payment, it is a necessary. Also, details like, driver name contact number, profile pic, license details can be added.
It makes the choice to ratings & reviews more personalised. After all, a driver and a customer also can share and see their contact details to have a smooth communication between them.
When you build the first app, push notifications and in-app messages are a must to inform passengers and drivers about news and campaigns that you may have for them.
Dispatch and Tracking Panel
Web-based panel with google maps to take phone bookings, manage taxi, drivers and assign trips. It also allows company owners to track drivers with their status, track orders created from passenger apps and web desk.
API – required to communicate between apps and pass messages to and from the ‘call centre’.
Here are some OTHER features that need to be developed, to build an application like Uber:
- Fare calculator
- Split payments
- Vehicle selection
- Interactive map and taxi tracking
- Referral program
- Trip history
You see there are lots of features needs to be taken care of before project cost estimation.
Never go for a team, which cannot offer maintenance of your app – even if you do not plan new features, new iOS versions (and new iPhones) are released, so you need to constantly improve your app. From our experience, this usually means at least one half-time developer working on the app.
How long does it take to build a mobile app?
Based on the above the whole process will take you: 4–15 months.
This would, however, involve a lot of management effort on the owner side and coordinating the developers on your own.
Have a look at breakdowns of the costs and time investments to create apps having similar functionalities with few of the world’s hottest mobile applications.