Uber was the first taxi company to start offering its services all over the globe. The company expanded to more than 70 cities, thus allowing travelers to go wherever they want. With their taxi app, equipped with user-friendly features, Uber has allowed more and more travelers to call taxis to reach their destinations. Whether the traveler is a business associate, a tourist, a student or anyone, they have everything to meet their needs. Uber has opened new dimensions for other entrepreneurs to start creating something similar and for this, they always have to analyze the cost and other factors that are involved in making a taxi app, just like Uber.
Nowadays, people have got everything in their smartphones- whether they want medical assistance or to order a meal, things are just a few screen touches away! Having these facilities, they also reckon to hire taxi services through their smartphones. So, taxi companies started to follow Uber and took an initiative to develop a taxi app for their business.
When it comes to developing a taxi application, the first and foremost thing is to estimate the cost and other expenses that usually vary according to the type of application, developers involved, features and many other things. The development of a taxi app starts with creating two interfaces- one for the taxi driver and other for the passengers so that both can track one another and communicate whenever needed.
The cost of developing a taxi app also depends upon the following essential features:
• Map, GPS and Route Drawing
• Hiring and Matching System
• Payment Modes
• Cars and Drivers’ Details
Understanding the above features will help the taxi company to efficiently estimate a cost to develop an application like Uber.
Map, GPS and Route Drawing
GPS and routes drawing are the most important features for any taxi app as they are responsible for tracking the location of the passenger and traffic condition on the routes to reach the destination. The feature is equally useful for both, the passengers and drivers through which, they can track one another.
Hiring and Matching System
When it’s time to using a taxi app, it is necessary for the user to register on the application, either by entering the email address and password or using any social media platform. Next step is to enter the phone number so that the company can easily reach them when in need. For drivers, the process involves visiting the company, pass their screening and supply scanned copies of the required documents.
Communication is one of the crucial factors to ensure satisfactory services. The taxi application should have a feature to notify passengers that their ride has arrived and is waiting for them. Even, the SMS feature would be a good way to keep in touch with the driver.
Since Uber is working with a cashless system, other taxi companies also have to incorporate this feature and make their services faster and safer. Though, it is important for the company to know the needs of their market. Some countries have limited payment modes that are not available in other countries or users have some restrictions to use them. Normally, the common payment methods used for hiring and payment include PayPal, debit or credit cards.
Cars and Drivers’ Details
Since people always want to know what and who is going to pick them, the Uber like app should have a feature that will give them information about the vehicle and driver who is coming for their service. This way, the passengers will be rest assured about the quality of services and their safety.