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How to Create an App Like Uber?

If you are thinking of building an app like Uber, you might think of how to achieve this goal: what the development steps are, what features to include, what roles your app should cover, and so on.

How to Create an App Like Uber?


In this article, we provide a brief guide on what features should an Uber-like app include, as well as share with you some useful advice on how to take advantage of the Uber model for building other types of applications. The latter will be shown on the example of solutions created by software development company Emerline

Essential Uber-Like App Features


The first question to answer is: What makes Uber the app we know and love? Here are the key features that contribute to its convenience:

Geo-location

Mapping and navigation technologies used in the Uber app are:

● CoreLocation framework for iOS and Google’s location APIs for Android for accurate detection of location
● MapKit for iOS and Google Maps Android API for Android for navigation purposes
● Google Maps for both iOS and Android for logistics issues.

Push notification and SMS

The Uber app delivers push and SMS notifications to allow users to be aware of all the request statuses, including:

● acceptance of the request by a driver
● delivery of the car to the pickup location
● cancellation of the ride

This is achieved through the use of Twilio for SMS, Apple Push Notification for iOS, and Google Cloud Messaging for Android. 

Payment Integration

One of the convenience features of the Uber app is the ability to use payment with a credit card. In the solution, it is implemented with respect to PCI requirements that secure handling of the payments and data.

Intefaces Included in the Uber Application

The solution we know actually comprises 3 apps or interfaces: one for users (passengers), another for drivers, and one more for admins. Each of these apps has different functionality to serve the needs of different user roles. 

User (Passenger) Interface

The user app starts from the registration process, after which a user can proceed with a taxi booking. Before confirmation of the request, the fare calculator provides the user with the fare for riding from A to B. After the confirmation, the user can track the driver's location in real-time and see the moment of the arrival.  Also, it is possible to get acquainted with the driver's rating and analysis and, if it's necessary, to cancel the ride. The process of taxi requests involves push notifications that inform the user of the driver's status.

There are two ways of payment to choose from: in-app one or with cash. Also, within the app, the user can go to the Travel History section. 

Driver Interface

Drivers can access their application to see if they are verified by admins if there's license data, car insurance, and other important information for the registration and provision of services. If everything is ok, the driver starts to receive trip alerts when someone nearby requests a taxi ride. If the driver takes the request, they receive notifications on any changes made to it, whether on the route or heavy traffic ahead. Also, there is a waiting time feature that starts to calculate an extra charge for the ride in case the waiting period for the passenger exceeds 5 minutes.

Drivers can also take advantage of navigation and route optimization features that allow creating the shortest way to the destination point. 

In the driver's profile, there's one more useful feature: reports on trips and earnings. 

Admin Interface

Admins are responsible for the smooth functioning of the system, using such features as Customer’s and Driver's Detail Management, Vehicle Management, Booking Management, Location and Fares Management, Payroll Management, Content Management, Customer Support and Help, and some others. 

Application of the Uber-Like Model to Other Solutions

While, for sure, it's possible to develop an app like Uber for taxi companies, there are also more interesting options to consider, such as applying its model for other services. For example, one of Emerline's projects under investigation is the Uber-like app for vehicle serving points. The idea is to allow in-app booking of services when a master picks up the vehicle from the determined by its owner point to transfer it to the vehicle serving one. The app also has to allow price estimation and in-app payment for services. 

One more case of Uber-like app development relates to the healthcare industry. Emerline teams were involved in the creation of an Uber-like app for doctors that allows easy appointment scheduling, tracking of the doctor's ride to the patient's location, in-app payments, e-prescription system, and so on. You can learn more about this Uber-like solution to get a clearer picture of how it works.