Taxi booking companies like Uber & OLA have eased down the transportation issue in many big cities across the world. Today people can instantly book a taxi at the convenience of a mobile app without worrying about traffic, parking space, or cost. You can enjoy the experience of a personal car at very cost-effective prices without bearing the expenses of having your own car. Looking at the high demand for these transportation cab services, many business owners are looking for future planning of building their own cab booking app like UBER & OLA.
If you too are looking to build your own Cab booking app like UBER & OLA but wondering about the actual cost of building these mobile applications, then you are at the right place. In this blog post, we have gone deep explaining what does it take to build a cab booking app and what are the features included with the overall cost estimation for the same.
App Development Cost to Make Taxi Booking App Like Uber
The overall cost of building an app like Uber & OLA depends on the functions you look forward to integrating into the app. These functions may vary with the complexity included. The general app performance of an UBER & OLA app is made up of these 5 simple steps:
Step #1: Ride Booking Request from the customer, received by drivers nearby.
Step #2: Acceptance or Rejection by the driver. In case of rejection, the request is sent to another driver.
Step #3: Starting off the Ride. The cab can be tracked & he estimated time of arrival can be known by the customer.
Step #4: Payment- the customer can either opt for the cashless payment or pay in cash as per the comfort.
Step #5: Ratings & Reviews to be given after the ride gets to an end. This is a great way to enhance service reliability.
What All Features Needed to Integrate with Uber or OLA-like App?
One needs to integrate both Customer as well as Driver centric App Features to your proposed Uber & OLA-like app. These include:
- Tracking Rides by Integration of MAP
Your OLA or Uber-like app must provide an option for its passengers to track a ride after they have booked their ride by entering the pickup and drop location. As soon as the driver accepts the ride request and approaches to the pickup location, the tracking feature is activated that can be used to track the entire journey of the cab by using the map integrated into the app.
- Ride-Fare Calculation by Integration of UBER-OLA cost Algorithm
While booking the cab, passengers are displayed with the estimated fare for their ride on the basis of their pickup and drop location. The cost also varies as per the car selected. After the passenger reaches its drop location, the total cost gets calculated with the help of the powerful Uber/OLA algorithm.
- Multiple Modes of Payment & Smart Wallets
Just to be more hassle-free and user-friendly for the customers, Uber and OLA offer multiple payment modes to choose for paying the ride fare. Popular one includes: credit card, debit card, cash, mobile wallets. The integration of the smart wallet to the app makes it convenient to the passengers to pay the fare. The passengers can directly make their payments using mobile wallets like PayTm, Phone Pay, Google Pay etc.
- Track Service History in the form of Report
Passengers can also track their ride history directly through the app. With the help of service history, the passengers can get details about their rides in a specific period.
- Book Now Ride Later Feature
This is an advanced feature available in the Uber app that allows passengers to schedule their rides even before the actual time. With this, the passenger can get the driver’s details before an hour of their scheduled ride. This feature is important when you have an important flight or train scheduled for the day.
- Book for Others
Similarly, passengers can book a ride for their friends & family by using their own account. This is an advanced feature for the passenger where a passenger gets all the details about the ride via an SMS. You can also undergo ride tracking using the link present in the SMS.
- Route optimization
Route optimization feature in the Uber or OLA app helps the driver take the most efficient & shortest possible route so that they can reach the destinations in the fastest possible time avoiding the traffic in other routes.
- Shorter 2 Minute Cancellation Window
The cancellation window is the time that the driver has to wait for the passenger. This feature is specifically for the driver’s app. When the driver arrives at the location on time, the first 2 minutes are non-chargeable for the passengers. The charges start applying when the time crosses 2 minutes and the passengers have to pay for that extra time apart from the basic fare.
- Heat Maps
This advanced feature in the driver’s app proves to be beneficiary to the drivers. With Heat maps, the driver can know where the passenger’s ratio is high and can move to that location to get requests easily from the passengers.
Estimated Cost of Developing A Mobile App Like Uber or OLA
Now, when you are aware of the ‘must to include’ features in your OLA or Uber-like app, it’s time to know about the investment you will require in building an Uber-like app that has all the above features. Developing an OLA or Uber-like app actually requires developing two apps: one for riders and other for drivers. The app development company estimation thus includes both these apps for the following services:
- Overall UI/UX Design
- iOS and Android native app development
- Backend development
- Web development
- Project management
- Quality assurance & testing
And for this, you’ll need resources:
In building an advanced version of OLA or ‘Uber-like’ mobile app, you will need a team of –
- Team Manager/Project Manager.
- UI/UX Designer.
- 3 – 4 Developers for each platform.
- Quality Assurance Engineer.
- 2–3 Backend Developers.
Keeping in the requirements above, the overall app development cost depends on your service provider’s hourly rates.
Summing up the above points, we can say that the final cost of your OLA or Uber-like app, though dependent on various factors & personal preferences, is estimated somewhat in between $50,000 and $100,000. The integration or addition of more functionalities will push the cost higher.
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Rashmi Kanti is a passionate content writer & a blogger having written numerous blogs for IT domain. Being into the Blogging world for the past 4 years, she is presently contributing technology loaded articles & blogs regularly to QSS Technosoft. Rashmi has a proficient knowledge of the latest market trends in the mobile & web applications and expresses herself a big technology geek.