How To Build App Like Uber: Cost, Features and Tech Stack?

How does Uber work?

  • Request — Entering destination in “Where to?” box, choosing vehicle, price and confirming the pickup. Then request is accepted by drivers nearby.
  • Matched — When rider and driver match, automatic notifications will pop with an estimated time of arrival.
  • Pick up — Verifying each other’s names and destination. Therefore starting the ride.
  • Payment — Choosing a payment method, whether cash or cashless.
  • Rating and review — Users can rate the service from 1 to 5 stars. It’s an important component to better understand customers and to enhance customer services.

How many apps do you really need?

The basic features of the Uber app for passengers

  • Registration/login
  • GPS tracking
  • Fare estimation
  • In-app payment
  • Push notifications
  • Calling or texting driver
  • UI/UX design

The basic features of the Uber Driver App

  • Driver destination
  • Maps and location
  • Calling to passenger
  • Daily/ Monthly report
  • Free cancelation

How to build app like Uber?

Core passenger features of an app like Uber

  1. Registration/ Login: If you plan to clone the taxi app like Uber, it should include various methods like mobile number, Gmail or Facebook. After sign up, it is necessary to verify the user’s identity.
  2. GPS Tracking: Through this feature, Uber users can track the movement of the driver. When planning to develop your own app like Uber, you should be able to manage driver’s information, including with photos, vehicle number, and their navigation process in real-time.
  3. Fare Estimation: Both the driver and the passenger should know the estimated fare in advance. When calculating the actual price, it may involve factors: the distance between pickup and drop-off locations, cost of fuel, discounts, car class, traffic and weather conditions.
  4. In-app Payment: There are multiple payment variants available on Uber from cash to credit card with promo code. So when the ride complete, payment is withdrawn automatically through a payment gateway like Visa, MasterCard and digital wallets like Apple Pay, etc.
  5. Push Notifications: After you start a ride, Uber will send you a couple of notifications. Push notifications are used to provide regular updates to the users as well as the current status of the trip.
  6. Calling/ Texting Driver: You can receive these messages as SMS for the sake of better communication.
  7. UI/UX Design: A good design will play a vital role in the success of your app. It useful UI attracts more users with ease of interaction.

Main features to create Uber-like app for driver

  1. Driver Profile: This feature helps reduce anxiety and gives a sense of security. Besides the name, photo, phone number, email, the driver app should also include the driver’s license and information about the vehicle and its photo.
  2. Calling To Passenger: Provide ability to text or call passenger from the app to reduce wait time.
  3. Maps and Location: Geolocation, orientation, and mapping APIs are also used to build an app with navigation features. It helps identify draw paths between driver and customer, set pickup and drop-off locations, track movement and even calculate the cost or estimated time of arrival.
  4. Daily/ Monthly report: The driver can track their daily/weekly/monthly earnings including date, time, cost, passenger name, pickup and drop-off locations, rating, etc.
  5. Free Cancelation: Both driver and passenger should be able to cancel a ride. In the case of a cancellation, a fee may free or be charged.

Tech stack and team

What is technology stack behind App-like-Uber?

  • Kotlin for Android app
  • Swift for iOS app
  • Node.js for back-end
  • Amazon EC2
  • Amazon S3
  • PayPal / Stripe
  • Twilio
  • Elastic email
  • Google Maps
  • Google Directions
  • Firebase
  • Facebook SDK

How about the tech team?

  • UI/UX designer
  • Android / iOS engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Back-end developer
  • QA engineer

Final thoughts

  • The development origin — Europe, Asia or the USA, UK
  • The complexity of an app — features, screens, databases and third-party tools integrations
  • Design requirements
  • Tech support after launch

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