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How Much Does It Cost To Develop a Taxi App Like Uber?

 you remember  the last time you used a traditional taxi service? I guess you don't. So do I. Today, with a smartphone in my hand, I'd rather open a taxi app,  read reviews on a taxi driver and a cab, figure out how much  it will cost to get to a certain place, and even review my ride. Over the past 3 years, taxi mobile app development has been taking the target market away from traditional taxi services. So if you are a regular taxi driver, I have bad news for you – the world has changed for ever for traditional taxi businesses.

This situation could be instrumental if you want to start a new business but still haven't decided what niche to choose. So it is high time to think about taxi business, figure out how much  it costs to build an app like Uber, and the opportunities it can bring you – launching branded Uber-like taxi booking startup, pushing the existing business with auto and manual dispatch management, and even providing business traveling. Sounds great, right? As you can see, such mobile product is a must-have for growing a biz nowadays.

Let's talk here about how much  it costs to develop a taxi app and its most popular types, and then figure out Uber app specialities and discuss features that are a must to include in a high-top taxi app.

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How much does an Uber cost? Solutions and features that will exactly suit your business

TL;DR:

The total timeline for developing the simplest version of an app like Uber at Artjoker is next:

iOS version – approximately 142-168 hours

Android version – approximately 142-168 hours

Web development (server side) – approximately 84-108 hours

You can conclude that the total time might be from 368-444 hours, including the planning stage, design, MVP development, and testing processes.

You can figure out below how much it costs to create a taxi app like Uber  in order to get maximum return on investment in automating and transforming your business.

A taxi booking app as a part of existing taxi business

Such type of  taxi app perfectly suits an already existing taxi businesses. It looks like a useful extension of any business, whether it is large, medium, or small. With the app, it is much more comfortable to book a ride for clients and expand the customer base for a taxi company as well. Besides, such a corporate app makes life easier for drivers too – no more annoying calls from service managers, but just notifications and pop-up messages. As you understand, this is a turnkey solution if you have just started a new travel or travel business.

In addition to the client app, a mobile solution for an existing taxi service also needs a server software to be developed to work with ride requests and check-out if taxi cabs are to get  to the client's location in the shortest possible time.

Anyway, not to scare you beforehand, you don’t need any extra hardware or equipment. All you need to manage a taxi business is a smartphone and a PC with internet connection. The app will be developed on the basis of your business needs and requirements so that it will include the most flexible login options for you.

How to build an app like Uber - an App-as-a-Service

Another way to manage a taxi ride business is to provide taxi drivers with a mobile booking solution – an option that is used by Uber. You can have no cars at all, but it is still possible to enter the taxi market. Are you asking how to create an app like Uber  this way?

Here is the simple solution for a taxi booking business. You just need an app that will provide its users with a list of existing taxi companies along with current cost per ride and the ability to call a taxi via the app client. The solution doesn't require a server software, but you should monitor the app's information on taxi services in order to keep all the price changes updated.

Another solution looks similar to Uber client. You have to hire taxi app developers because it is much more complex compared to the previous one, but additional features will allow you to widen your target audience. Here, you have to find a team of app specialists for backend and frontend development, as the Uber-like app will need a server. Next step will be to establish partnerships with existing  taxi businesses or individual taxi drivers. This is a dry fact - you will need an operating force to drive your taxi business to success.

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Next step of a taxi booking app development will be to design an application with two interfaces – one for users and another for taxi drivers. How does such an application actually work? Using GPS data, a server checks where a user that ordered a taxi is located at that moment and then notifies the nearest driver about the order.

As we can see, the last version requires taxi app developers for hire. Anyway, if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. There is no way around it if you want to get the same great results as Uber .

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Uber-like taxi app: what it should consist of?

Before you start to create a mobile app for taxi booking, you should think over not only the technologies to implement. The first thing to consider is features the app users and drivers might benefit from. Uber is customer-oriented – wherever a client is, there is always  an Uber driver who can take him/her to any place. Want the same? So make your app convenient, reliable, and professional.

After you define the app's value, let's talk about the features that are a must ifyou want to get to  your target users.

So what exactly makes Uber clone convenient, reliable, and professional?

You might need the help of an experienced taxi app development company to put all your ideas into great result. Once you have chosen a company/contractor, discuss the development of the following features:

  1. Registration

Registration of taxi riders can  easily be done via their smartphone app. If you are a driver, you can get to the platform directly from the mobile app for taxi service, but be prepared to wait for the admin to approve your profile.

  1. Location tracking and built-in maps

Even if you aren't using the app at the moment, GPS still works. That  way, Uber tracks your location to find the nearest driver as quickly as possible once you order a taxi. When integrating this feature to your app, don't forget to ask users for permission to share their location data.

While your taxi app like Uber is just a local product, you don't need global location services. The best solution for you will be Google Maps, because there is nothing better than Google Maps anyway. Let me explain how an online map works. The program includes a flattened representation of the place  a user is. He/she determines the coordinates he/she wants a cab to come to, then these coordinates are translated into a readable address by Google's GSMGeocoder service. Again, when integrating this feature, mind the pricing, which can be included in Uber app development cost, because Google Geocoder limits the number of requests that are provided for free.

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  1. Integration of payment system

This option allows a user to make a choice between “pay with cash” option and “pay with credit card” option. If you want to integrate an auto payment feature, that might make users more loyal to your client. Registration of cards can be done by the riders directly from the app. For the processing of payment, the majority of apps like Uber use Stripe. This API deducts payment for the cab ride after the completion of  the journey – a rider gets the invoice later via  phone or email. To make a payment, the user can add multiple number of cards as well.

  1. Information about a cab driver and review system

Why should a review system  be integrated in your taxi booking app? Both riders and drivers should have the opportunity to learn more about each other. A rating system keeps them secure and helps  match drivers with passengers better in order to avoid negative situations. So did you enjoy your taxi journey? Please, rate the driver's friendliness, the state of the car, and the overall service in order to help next riders to choose the service.

  1. Fare calculation

The final cost of a taxi trip via Uber app depends on four components. It includes the base fare (a flat fee for an Uber-like app drive, which might depend on the rider's area), cost per minute, cost per mile, and booking fee – just a formality that covers operational costs. At first  you might think that it is too much money to pay for just one ride. Please, relax, the price is just the same as if a user is taking a traditional taxi cab. Keep in mind that you should submit to the user the price details of the ride before the cab arrives in order to avoid misunderstandings between the customer and the driver.

Read alsoHow Much Does it Cost to Develop a Mobile App?

If you still have questions about how to build a mobile taxi app, contact us to get full review of taxi app development cost.

Before bringing your taxi app idea into life, keep in mind  of existing Uber-like apps that have already gotten  thousands of fans. Don’t forget to fill your competitor audit list with such top apps as Lyft, GrabTaxi, Ola Cabs, Hailo, and EasyTaxi in order to consider the features that are essential  for sure. We are open to customizing the idea of your app to best fit your needs. Every feature could be discussed and looked into in order to make your product exclusive on the app market so you can easily win  users’ hearts. Your success is just a matter of time, so keep dreaming and inventing, and Artjoker will help you turn your expectations into results that do work!

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