How much does it cost to create a taxi app?

Android App, iOS App, Mobile Development

The taxi app development cost may vary depending on the functionality, development timeline and team size. Sannacod offers a cost calculation in 3 plans:

 

  1. simple up to $87 100
  2. middle up to $128 700
  3. high up to $176 800

 

Let's check the main features of a taxi booking app like Uber, pricing policy and the possibility of implementing your application.

 

How Does Taxi App Work?

 

Smartphones and affordable Internet have changed the taxi service market: today we communicate with drivers, not through a dispatcher, but using a mobile aggregator application. From Latin, “aggregator” is translated as “accumulation”. Taxi aggregators also accumulate (collect) orders for the transportation of passengers or baggage and transfer them to carriers registered in the system. Everything happens in a mobile application, without dispatchers, calls, or searches for a suitable taxi right on the street. We owe a new habit to Uber - a service whose name has already become a household name in some countries.

 

It all happened in 2009 when Travis Kalanik and Garrett Camp founded the private company Uber and developed an app for it that allowed them to quickly order a taxi. The idea was revolutionary in that it could be done online, and anyone who registered and confirmed their identity in the system could become a taxi driver. The app helps to quickly find a car, track its movement and pay for the service provided, and for this, it removes a commission from the driver.

 

Now, in addition to Uber, you can use the services of alternative taxi aggregators - Yandex. Taxi, Lyft, Gett, and many others.

 

The Basic Principles of Online Taxi

 

Who are the drivers: private individuals, individual entrepreneurs, and taxi companies (the latter act as intermediaries between private drivers and online services).

 

How to search for an order: the choice of the route and the search for the car takes place only in the brand’s mobile app.

 

Who pays for this: the driver pays the commission for the service - usually 10-20% of the trip. If the driver works through an intermediary (taxi fleet), he also needs to give part of the income - about 10%.

 

Who is who: taxi services do not transport passengers or cargo - they simply bring taxi drivers and future passengers using a mobile application.

 

7 Best Taxi Apps

 

Uber

 

 

The most popular service in the world for calling a taxi, motorcycle taxi, water taxi, car rental, food delivery, pizza, and animal transportation (services are not available in all countries). It covers more than 600 cities in 65 countries.

 

Payment by cash and credit card is possible. After each trip, you can leave an anonymous review about its quality.

 

The application has the ability to set several points on the route.

 

During peak demand, there is a coefficient system that allows drivers to earn more, but the cost of the trip can increase by 4 times.

 

Countries: 600 cities in 65 countries

 

Lyft

 

Lyft is an Uber's main competitor in the United States which operates in more than 60 cities. Riding with Lyft is very safe: in addition to their valid rights, they require drivers to obtain a certificate from the motor transport department DMV, a biography, confirmation of a criminal record or serious offenses. The app interface looks the same as that of Uber: in the app, users see the movement of cars and details about the driver. A recent study showed that Lyft's wait time in America is 6 seconds shorter than Uber's. There are three price categories - Lyft, Lyft Premier, and Lyft Line, and for a company of six people, you can order Lyft Plus. Applications, of course, on Android and iOS.

 

Countries: USA

 

Grabtaxi

 

 

Grabtaxi is the most popular service in Southeast Asia. Convenient app (if standard and business option for cars and 6-seater cars), ride comfort, prices are shown in advance and fixed (there are no coefficients). 75,000 drivers in 44 cities are ready to deliver you to your place quickly and at an adequate cost. Available for Android, iOS, and Blackberry.

 

Countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar

 

Carrem

 

 

From Dubai to Karachi, all advanced youth use Careem. The application allows you to call a car easier or worthy of a sheik, do it in advance for a specific time, pay by card. Careem has affiliate programs with airlines. Apps for iOS and Android.

 

Countries: countries of North Africa and the Middle East (see the entire list of cities on the site)

 

Gett

 

 

Gett, which you may remember as Get Taxi, is one of the fastest-growing services in the States. His trick is low prices. For example, in New York, a kilometer in a city will cost 25 cents. Often there are proposals when you can get to any point in the city at a fixed price. In Gett, you can see in advance the time of arrival, information about the driver, taxi drivers are required to obtain a license and undergo a preliminary check - everything is thought out to make the trip as comfortable as possible.

 

Countries: USA, UK, Israel, and Russia

 

Cabify

 

 

Cabify operates in the Spanish-speaking market - in Spain and Latin America. The service is known for its transparent pricing policy without coefficients and markups, fixed prices, and a convenient calculator that allows you to quickly estimate the cost of movement. If you use Cabify on a business trip, they will give you an invoice. A car can be ordered for someone, there is always free water in a taxi, music can be ordered in advance, they will also take it with a dog. The app is for Android and iOS.

 

Countries: Spain, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Portugal

 

LeCab

 

Uber is banned in France, but Parisians have their own taxi service LeCab. 70,000 drivers are registered in the appl, and you can remove not only standard cars (the most frequent - Peugeot 508) and premium cars but even planes. The most pleasant features of the application: to "reset" information, you just need to shake your smartphone, and you can order a taxi to the usual address in two clicks. Many prices are fixed, and the car must file in 7 minutes or faster. Applications on Android, Windows, and iOS.

 

Countries: France (Paris)

 

Features of Taxi App

 

There are features of a taxi application that should be included to provide end-users with advanced features. The idea is to simplify taxi booking and track user capabilities.

 

GPS tracking, Maps, & Route

 

This is a basic feature of the taxi app, which allows passengers to book, and drivers take orders in real-time. Navigation also provides tracking of car movement, taxi arrival times, and mark the place of boarding.

 

Real-time Location Track

 

For many people, safety comes first, so being able to share a car with a close route is a must-have. The idea is to allow someone to keep track of your route, as well as make sure you get home safely.

 

Book a Trip At the Moment Or Later

 

Any taxi application provides the ability to book a trip right now or at a specific time.

 

This function allows the passenger to plan their trip in advance for the future if they need to be met from a train or plane or have time to see them at the hospital.

 

Multiple And In-App Payments

 

The ability to choose a payment method and a built-in-app payment module provide the convenience of user experience. A person can choose how it will be convenient for him to pay for the trip in cash, with a card, through Apple Pay or Google Pay.

 

The Uber clone you are developing should allow the user to choose a prepayment and pay at the end of the trip, as well as choose the payment method that he considers the most suitable.

 

Add More Landing Points

 

This is a great option for friends who live on the same route and need to go out in different places. When booking a trip, be sure to add additional stops at which the driver must make a route.

 

If the user needs to change the address during the trip, then make sure that your application allows this. With the change of route and the addition of new stops, the price should change accordingly.

 

Passenger Preferences

 

A rider who regularly uses a taxi booking app will eventually have his preferences based on past trips.

 

When the user makes a new taxi reservation, give the opportunity to indicate your preferences. It will be a competitive advantage if the user can choose between the last drivers who were on his way to the office. If a driver is available, the app will automatically allow a ride with him.

 

Driver Rating And Reviews

 

It is very important that the passenger can see his driver before the trip to feel safe. Reviews and ratings say a lot about what the driver is, how he behaves, and whether he gives a good experience to the riders.

 

Also, others should be able to share their travel experiences with this driver.

 

Reviews and ratings are a great way to improve your business.

 

Booking History

 

The history of your trips through a taxi application will allow the user at any time to get information about the cost, payment method, route, time, driver, and the total cost of all trips.

 

At the same time, the history of the tours should also be part of the driver application, which will help check the details of the trip if necessary.

 

Chat And Call

 

There are times when the driver and passenger need to contact each other, for example, to clarify the boarding address. It should also be possible to contact support if necessary. The chat or call function in the app helps them with this.

 

Saving Destinations

 

The user should be able to maintain permanent addresses, such as home or work. This will help you book rides and manage them faster. Including this feature, the overall booking experience enriches your rider with the app.

 

Team and Technology to Build an App like Uber

 

To successfully create a taxi mobile application, you need a team of at least 6 specialists.

 

Team

  1. Business analyst

  2. Project Manager

  3. UI / UX Designer

  4. Android / iOS engineer

  5. Back-end developer

  6. QA Engineer

 

Technology

 

The fact that Uber has already disclosed its API to public and developers, and introduced the Riders affiliate program, creating an application similar to Uber is much easier and more understandable. Server, mapping and payments are the three giant foundations to develop a taxi app. 

 

One of the main requirements for processing hundreds of user requests, driver routes and other data is to have your own server.

 

Programming languages for backend – Node.js, Python, Java, PHP, Ruby on Rails. Another crucial element to any Uber-clone app is GPS. OpenStreetMap API for both iOS/Android can be used. Platform-specific tools in this regard for Android could be Google Maps and Google Location Services API. For iOS devices – MapKit or CoreLocation framework.

 

As Uber supports in-app payments via credit cards, Paypal, you may use the following gateway adapters to develop an app – Stripe, BrainTree, Paytm, PayPal mobile SDK. Technology stack for push notifications is pretty straightforward: Google Firebase for Android, and Apple Push for iOS phones. For SMS sendouts Uber went publicly with Twilio, though other cloud communication platforms, like Plivo, Nexmo, Tropo, deserve attention.

 

Cost Components

 

Of course, each project is individual and therefore the cost may vary depending on requirements, selected technologies, design, team, etc.

 

We have prepared for you with a project implementation option simple, medium and high.

 

Let's look at what functions will be included in each of them.

 

App Features with Regard to Complexity

 

Simple

 

For passengers:

 

  • Registration & Login

  • Tracking, set location of pickup on the map or via Google Places

  • Selecting cab type, ordering.

 

For drivers:

 

  • Registration & approving by admin

  • Selecting order from available orders list

 

Both:

 

  • Push notifications, e-mail alerts

  • Support services

 

Middle

 

Simple +

 

For passengers:

 

  • Post-calculation of the ride cost

  • Ratings & Feedbacks

  • Booking History

 

For drivers:

 

  • Updating status of client

  • Booking History with status of orders

 

Both:

 

  • Login via Facebook account

 

High

 

Middle+

 

For passengers:

 

  • Live Tracking

  • Automatic Payment

  • Adding multiple credit card

  • Schedule rides

  • Adding multiple points on the route

 

For drivers:

 

  • Changing/editing car

  • Booking: automated relevant order notification with the ability to accept or deny

 

Both:

 

  • Communication facility for drivers and passengers

 

The time it takes to build for 2 platforms

 

Simple 

 

  • Business analysis/tech specification up to 3 weeks

  • Design up 1 month

  • Mobile apps development up to 6 months

  • Apps backend development up to 5 months

  • Admin panel development up to 2,5 months

  • QA engineering 20%

  • Project management 10%

 

Middle

 

  • Business analysis/tech specification up to 1 month

  • Design up 1 month

  • Mobile apps development up to 6 months

  • Apps backend development up to 5 months

  • Admin panel development up to 2,5 months

  • QA engineering 20%

  • Project management 10%

 

High

 

  • Business analysis/tech specification up to 6 weeks

  • Design up 1 month

  • Mobile apps development up to 6 months

  • Apps backend development up to 5 months

  • Admin panel development up to 2,5 months

  • QA engineering 20%

  • Project management 10%

 

Taxi Booking App Development Cost

 

Based on the time spent developing a taxi booking app, we calculate the total cost of the project.

 

Simple

 

  1. Business analysis/tech specification up to $3 000
  2. Design up to $4 000 
  3. Mobile apps development up to $30 000
  4. Apps backend development up to $20 000
  5. Admin panel development up to $10 000 
  6. QA engineering 20%
  7. Project management 10%

 

Total cost: $87 100

 

Middle

 

  1. Business analysis/tech specification up to $5 000
  2. Design up to $4 000 
  3. Mobile apps development up to $45 000
  4. Apps backend development up to $30 000
  5. Admin panel development up to $15 000 
  6. QA engineering 20%
  7. Project management 10%

 

Total cost: $128 700

 

High

 

  1. Business analysis/tech specification up to $7 000
  2. Design up to $4 000 
  3. Mobile apps development up to $60 000
  4. Apps backend development up to $40 000
  5. Admin panel development up to $25 000 
  6. QA engineering 20%
  7. Project management 10%

 

Total cost: $176 800

 

However, the indicated price is approximate, it all depends on your desires and requirements. You can share your idea and we will prepare a proposal for you based on your budget.

 

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