Taxi booking has become popular among people. Taxi booking apps like UBER and OLA have increased the usage of cabs in India. With the introduction of these apps people have started using cabs more often as they provide users with affordable and reliable cab services. The number of cab drivers have also increased a lot since the introduction of the taxi booking apps. Taxi apps have closed the gap between the taxi drivers and the commuters.
Taxi booking apps have to work without any hindrances. Thousands of people use taxi apps every day. The taxi app has to be designed in such a way that it can handle many customers at a time. Taxi apps like Uber are going to cost a considerable amount. Here we will see about the factors involved in developing an app like Uber and how much it costs.
The cost of development of a taxi booking app depends on various factors like the type of the taxi app and the area of usage. The taxi booking apps will have two interfaces one is for the users and the other is for the taxi drivers. The features of the commuter side interface are different from the features used in the driver’s app interface.
There are some basic features common for all the taxi booking apps.
- Type of taxi
- Cost of the ride
- Live tracking
- Ride history
The first step in logging into the taxi app is the registration. Customers will need to login to the taxi apps by entering their mobile numbers or email ids. After entering the app they have to add their addresses and payment methods.
The next feature in a taxi booking app is finding the location. Both the customer’s pick up location and drop locations have to be entered in the app. After these are entered the app should show the distance between the locations and the fastest route available. Then it has to show where the taxis are located.
3. Type of taxi
After selecting the pick up and drop locations the customer has to choose the type of taxi they want to ride. For example, the uber app has uberpool, uberXL, ubergo and uber auto. The customer can select the type of taxi according to their use and availability.
4. Cost of the ride
After selecting the type of ride, the app should display the cost of each ride. For example, if the ubergo shows a particular price then uberXL will cost more than that. The cost of the also should vary according to the demand of the taxis. At the peak hours the pricing of the taxis should automatically go higher and during normal hours it should automatically come down.
5. Live tracking
Live tracking is an important feature of taxi booking apps. With this feature the customer can track the taxi allotted to them. We can even track the cab throughout the entire ride.
Now-a-days few safety features are added to the taxi booking apps to make the customers feel comfortable and safe while riding on a cab. Uber and ola apps have location sharing options where the customer’s contact can track the ride.
After completing the ride the payment is either detected from your wallet or you pay it through cash. Paying through wallets allows you to ride without carrying the cash.
Once the ride and payment are over. The apps ask for the ratings of the driver and app. If you are satisfied with the ride you can give a higher rating or you can give a lower one.
9. Ride history
There is a separate column for recording the ride history. When was the ride taken, what was the charge everything is recorded in the ride history for future reference.
Features of driver side app ( The features of the driver side app is different from the user app. )
- Ride history
Just like the customers the drivers should also register with the taxi app companies. But the drivers have to submit their details to an administrator and get the approval to start taking rides.
After the registration formalities are done. The driver is ready to take rides. When a customer requests for a ride the driver can choose to accept or reject the ride. The customer’s pick up and drop locations are displayed on the app of the drivers.
If the driver accepts the request the pickup location is displayed. The driver can follow the route to the destination. After arriving at the destination the driver refreshes the app to cancel the current ride and to get a new ride. The cost of the ride is displayed on the driver’s screen after he cancels the ride.
4. Ride history
All the rides the driver makes are recorded in the apps. The status of each request whether it is accepted or not is recorded in the app.
The app has to be routed with google for the driver to know the directions .
Cost of the taxi booking mobile app
The cost of developing a taxi booking app includes a developing team ( developers, designers), a support team, content and search engine optimization team. Hiring each of them is going to cost you an amount.
The rate of the taxi apps vary according to the features added in the apps. A simple app with basic features costs about 4000$ to 6000$. With add ons it will cost more.
You can choose a mobile app development company to create your app and hand over the work to them. They will develop the app faster than you creating your own app. The apps must be developed for android, iOS and windows. The maintenance and support too can either be done by an in-house team or you can give it to a website maintenance company.