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How Can Developers Build An Effective App Like Uber?

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Taxi-booking apps are expanding everywhere. With the emerging mobile technology running a taxi business through an app has become pretty effortless. But the problem with this rapidly advancing technology is, it’s quite difficult for a mobile startup with a native idea, to attract comparatively more users when there are sufficient good ideas already prevailing in the market. So, it becomes necessary for taxi businesses to work with application developers who will explore the ideas globally as well as implement those ideas into their final product.


A compatible mobile application can definitely please the end-user with an easier booking experience, ensuring growth in the client base.


It must be confirmed in advance, that developing taxi apps should produce realistic business goals. So, it is advised to keep the following points in mind before launching a taxi-booking mobile app:


  • Scope of developing the application
  • Knowing the contenders
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the mobile application
  • Survey the audience downloading the application
  • Long term or short term goals of the taxi booking application

After this, it depends on the app developer to organize a way for developing an app; either native or a cross-platform app!


Once the desired platform is fixed, requirement gathering is the next step which is communicated to the developer. Once the requirements are communicated to the developers, a few point must be taken care of while developing the app:


  1. The app must have a user-friendly design providing benefits to both passengers and drivers

  2. All the features must be easily available to customers by a plain yet compelling User Interface

  3. The app must be challenging enough to calculate the tariff based on the selected route.

Apart from this, choosing right tools for developing a taxi app is another parameter to keep in mind. This includes;


  • GPS-Based Use Of Locations

Taxi-hailing application must be able to handle multiple user requests. This confirms that taxis are directed to user’s required locations. Additionally, ensuring that taxi reaches on time is important! Hence, Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) must be created on the basis of traffic situations.


  • Best Payment Options For Trouble-Free Bookings

For avoiding a situation like cancellation of booking, user’s disappointment, etc., it is suggestible to execute payments through credit/debit reservations with user’s card details.


  • Resolving Server Issues

The complete solution to resolve the issue is to build a connection with a server. The best way is to collaborate with either a taxi company or people by building an app with two different interfaces; one for riders and the other for drivers.


  1. Identifying rider’s location with the help of GPS service will notify the nearest driver about the ride request. Here, the server plays a crucial role to understand the driver’s location information.

  2. Once the request is sent to the driver, he has to press the button on his mobile and start the car. It is necessary for the driver to have rider’s current location. Another server fetches the rider’s location information and forwards it to the driver.

  • Push Notifications/SMS

After a user request for a ride, they must get a couple of notifications: One when the driver accepts the ride request and another when the drive is less than a minute away. It also needs to notify the driver/rider if a ride has been cancelled for any reason.


Other than Push notifications, they must receive an SMS confirmation of the booking as well as information about the offers and discounts.


  • Payment Integration Gateway

Uber like app developers can implement various payment gateways for the billing options. It is better to go cashless and generate the payment options like Credit/Debit cards, Net Banking or wallet options. This will help the user travel cashless!


  • Getting The Cost Of Developing The App

The cost of developing Uber like app depends on various features, which are:


  1. Design

  2. Android and iOS native application development

  3. Backend development

  4. Web development

  5. Project management

  6. Quality assurance (QA)

According to some evaluation, the time it takes by app developers to build a taxi-booking app including different interfaces for drivers and riders is somewhere near 5000 hours. The cost of development depends on the hourly rates service provider charges.


Taxi-booking apps have proven out to be a wonderful addition to the world of technology and taxi business, which has made traveling a lot easier. Above are just a few of the essential factors which can make the taxi apps beneficial for both, driver as well as the customers using it.





























How Can Developers Build An Effective App Like Uber? - Image 1

Taxi-booking apps are expanding everywhere. With the emerging mobile technology running a taxi business through an app has become pretty effortless. But the problem with this rapidly advancing technology is, it’s quite difficult for a mobile startup with a native idea, to attract comparatively more users when there are sufficient good ideas already prevailing in the market. So, it becomes necessary for taxi businesses to work with application developers who will explore the ideas globally as well as implement those ideas into their final product.

A compatible mobile application can definitely please the end-user with an easier booking experience, ensuring growth in the client base.

It must be confirmed in advance, that developing taxi apps should produce realistic business goals. So, it is advised to keep the following points in mind before launching a taxi-booking mobile app:

  • Scope of developing the application
  • Knowing the contenders
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the mobile application
  • Survey the audience downloading the application
  • Long term or short term goals of the taxi booking application


After this, it depends on the app developer to organize a way for developing an app; either native or a cross-platform app!

Once the desired platform is fixed, requirement gathering is the next step which is communicated to the developer. Once the requirements are communicated to the developers, a few point must be taken care of while developing the app:

  1. The app must have a user-friendly design providing benefits to both passengers and drivers

  2. All the features must be easily available to customers by a plain yet compelling User Interface

  3. The app must be challenging enough to calculate the tariff based on the selected route.

Apart from this, choosing right tools for developing a taxi app is another parameter to keep in mind. This includes;

  • GPS-Based Use Of Locations
Taxi-hailing application must be able to handle multiple user requests. This confirms that taxis are directed to user’s required locations. Additionally, ensuring that taxi reaches on time is important! Hence, Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) must be created on the basis of traffic situations.

  • Best Payment Options For Trouble-Free Bookings
For avoiding a situation like cancellation of booking, user’s disappointment, etc., it is suggestible to execute payments through credit/debit reservations with user’s card details.

  • Resolving Server Issues
The complete solution to resolve the issue is to build a connection with a server. The best way is to collaborate with either a taxi company or people by building an app with two different interfaces; one for riders and the other for drivers.

  1. Identifying rider’s location with the help of GPS service will notify the nearest driver about the ride request. Here, the server plays a crucial role to understand the driver’s location information.



  2. Once the request is sent to the driver, he has to press the button on his mobile and start the car. It is necessary for the driver to have rider’s current location. Another server fetches the rider’s location information and forwards it to the driver.

  • Push Notifications/SMS
After a user request for a ride, they must get a couple of notifications: One when the driver accepts the ride request and another when the drive is less than a minute away. It also needs to notify the driver/rider if a ride has been cancelled for any reason.

Other than Push notifications, they must receive an SMS confirmation of the booking as well as information about the offers and discounts.

  • Payment Integration Gateway
Uber like app developers can implement various payment gateways for the billing options. It is better to go cashless and generate the payment options like Credit/Debit cards, Net Banking or wallet options. This will help the user travel cashless!

  • Getting The Cost Of Developing The App
The cost of developing Uber like app depends on various features, which are:

  1. Design

  2. Android and iOS native application development

  3. Backend development

  4. Web development

  5. Project management

  6. Quality assurance (QA)

According to some evaluation, the time it takes by app developers to build a taxi-booking app including different interfaces for drivers and riders is somewhere near 5000 hours. The cost of development depends on the hourly rates service provider charges.

Taxi-booking apps have proven out to be a wonderful addition to the world of technology and taxi business, which has made traveling a lot easier. Above are just a few of the essential factors which can make the taxi apps beneficial for both, driver as well as the customers using it.

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