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How Much does it Cost to Develop an Uber like Taxi Booking and Dispatch System App

Published on 02 September 16
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Seven years ago, when two men were walking in a snowy Paris street, arose the idea of tapping a button and getting a cab where needed. This led to the establishment of Uber.

The success of Uber has encouraged many entrepreneurs to follow the same path and come up with taxi booking and dispatch system.

The growth of taxi business after online taxi services like Uber has been evident across the globe and therefore, many companies ask whether how much will it cost to develop an app like Uber.

This is mainly because in an era of technology, where it is easy to order food and shop online, why not commute in a car of your choice in just few screen touches.

Let us know how much a taxi mobile app development actually costs.

Firstly, a strong development team will be essential comprising of -

UX/ UI designer

iOS developer

Android developer

Backend developer

Project Manager

QA Engineer

More to it, there are some essential features without which the app cannot even be thought of.

These features are-

Map, GPS and routes drawing

Building taxi dispatch apps is all about GPS, maps and routes. They are helpful to locate the drivers, passengers and destinations. They will simplify the process, save time and avoid a state of confusion.

The designing of apps varies on software, so it is suggested that you use apps that are native to the platform. For instance, google maps for android and maps for iOS.

Registrations and matching system

Taxi dispatch apps like Uber require the passengers to provide their basic information along with contact numbers in order to utilize the facilities. Whereas, drivers need to personally visit the company and submit scans of their identity proofs to attain membership within the company.

For a passenger to match with the driver, it is essential that both provide their current locations so that the app detects the location and supply the nearest cab or passenger.

In many other taxi service providers, the passenger chooses the driver by their own. But that complicates the system and takes longer time.

Communication and notifications

The best way to ensure communication between the cab drivers and passengers is to provide each other’s numbers after the cab gets booked. Even if there is some congestion or cancellation, both can directly connect.

Some taxi booking and dispatch systems like Uber straight away provide numbers in the driver’s profile by a telephone logo.

That is the easiest way to connect with the driver.

The passengers get notified about the status of their rides too by push notifications. Push notifications are easier to use but you can also switch to text notifications as they are more reliable and convenient.

This feature makes the communication stronger as there is a record of the entire ride and process right from booking, driver’s arrival and payment along with the total fares.

Payment

Uber like apps allows cashless transactions too as they are safer and reliable. Most of the transactions are made in cash. These apps give you the freedom to choose your mode of payment either in cash or online. But you have to make sure that you know the estimated rate before you proceed for the ride.

Uber supports payment options like Apple Pay, Credit cards and Google wallet.

Another taxi service providers in various countries like Hailo accepts payment by all types of cards and Apple Pay.

Car and user details

Some apps store basic information of the driver just to inform the passengers about their rides and ensure them safety.

They also provide information about the car such as the brand, colour and number of seats available.

The driver’s basic information is given just to have a sense of familiarity during the ride and have a comfort zone.

Also, the car details will help the passenger know about the availability of seats as per their requirement.

Rating

There are ratings for both drivers and passengers regarding the ride.

1) After the ride gets over, the passenger is asked for a feedback for both ride and driver. If a driver performs below expectations or gets negative feedback beyond a level, he’ll no longer work with the company. This is how Uber and other companies ensure customer service and loyalty.

2) Also, the driver is asked for the feedback of passenger. If any of the passengers misbehaves with the driver, he can report and avoid getting booked by the same customer in future for his comfort.

These taxi service providers have to take such actions in order to keep their customers and workers satisfied with what service they get or give.

How much will it cost?

Development for one platform will approximately take 12-20 days whereas, designing will take 8 days. Application programming interface will cost around $10K and app for one platform for around $10-15K.

There are approximate calculations and values and the entire cost depends on the type of app and specifics of the projects

Taxi booking and dispatch system apps can be designed in different ways, from simple to complex, the cost will entirely depend on your requirements, features and budget for the app.


Seven years ago, when two men were walking in a snowy Paris street, arose the idea of tapping a button and getting a cab where needed. This led to the establishment of Uber.

The success of Uber has encouraged many entrepreneurs to follow the same path and come up with taxi booking and dispatch system.

The growth of taxi business after online taxi services like Uber has been evident across the globe and therefore, many companies ask whether how much will it cost to develop an app like Uber.

This is mainly because in an era of technology, where it is easy to order food and shop online, why not commute in a car of your choice in just few screen touches.

Let us know how much a taxi mobile app development actually costs.

Firstly, a strong development team will be essential comprising of -

● UX/ UI designer

● iOS developer

● Android developer

● Backend developer

● Project Manager

● QA Engineer

More to it, there are some essential features without which the app cannot even be thought of.

These features are-

Map, GPS and routes drawing

Building taxi dispatch apps is all about GPS, maps and routes. They are helpful to locate the drivers, passengers and destinations. They will simplify the process, save time and avoid a state of confusion.

The designing of apps varies on software, so it is suggested that you use apps that are native to the platform. For instance, google maps for android and maps for iOS.

Registrations and matching system

Taxi dispatch apps like Uber require the passengers to provide their basic information along with contact numbers in order to utilize the facilities. Whereas, drivers need to personally visit the company and submit scans of their identity proofs to attain membership within the company.

For a passenger to match with the driver, it is essential that both provide their current locations so that the app detects the location and supply the nearest cab or passenger.

In many other taxi service providers, the passenger chooses the driver by their own. But that complicates the system and takes longer time.

Communication and notifications

The best way to ensure communication between the cab drivers and passengers is to provide each other’s numbers after the cab gets booked. Even if there is some congestion or cancellation, both can directly connect.

Some taxi booking and dispatch systems like Uber straight away provide numbers in the driver’s profile by a telephone logo.

That is the easiest way to connect with the driver.

The passengers get notified about the status of their rides too by push notifications. Push notifications are easier to use but you can also switch to text notifications as they are more reliable and convenient.

This feature makes the communication stronger as there is a record of the entire ride and process right from booking, driver’s arrival and payment along with the total fares.

Payment

Uber like apps allows cashless transactions too as they are safer and reliable. Most of the transactions are made in cash. These apps give you the freedom to choose your mode of payment either in cash or online. But you have to make sure that you know the estimated rate before you proceed for the ride.

Uber supports payment options like Apple Pay, Credit cards and Google wallet.

Another taxi service providers in various countries like Hailo accepts payment by all types of cards and Apple Pay.

Car and user details

Some apps store basic information of the driver just to inform the passengers about their rides and ensure them safety.

They also provide information about the car such as the brand, colour and number of seats available.

The driver’s basic information is given just to have a sense of familiarity during the ride and have a comfort zone.

Also, the car details will help the passenger know about the availability of seats as per their requirement.

Rating

There are ratings for both drivers and passengers regarding the ride.

1) After the ride gets over, the passenger is asked for a feedback for both ride and driver. If a driver performs below expectations or gets negative feedback beyond a level, he’ll no longer work with the company. This is how Uber and other companies ensure customer service and loyalty.

2) Also, the driver is asked for the feedback of passenger. If any of the passengers misbehaves with the driver, he can report and avoid getting booked by the same customer in future for his comfort.

These taxi service providers have to take such actions in order to keep their customers and workers satisfied with what service they get or give.

How much will it cost?

Development for one platform will approximately take 12-20 days whereas, designing will take 8 days. Application programming interface will cost around $10K and app for one platform for around $10-15K.

There are approximate calculations and values and the entire cost depends on the type of app and specifics of the projects

Taxi booking and dispatch system apps can be designed in different ways, from simple to complex, the cost will entirely depend on your requirements, features and budget for the app.

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  1. 14 December 16
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    Great article! It's really helpful. We also have done a research about how to develop own uber-like business - https://www.cleveroad.com/blog/how-to-develop-your-own-uber-like-business We have described the components of business model canvas for Uber. Could you review them and let me know what you think.

  2. 10 November 16
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    Hi! I love your article, the content is really nice and concise. Must show it to my team, https://zaven.co/about/team.html u can find us here. My CEO will love this article. Cheers!

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