Hey there! As we are heading towards a hyper lifestyle, every on-demand service needs to be sophisticated and affordable. The concept of on-demand services found its roots in food delivery and taxi services. To be more specific, it was the taxi service that stands as a pioneer for on-demand service applications. The taxi apps are inevitable as users are highly dependent on private taxis for commuting. Anyone can drive the taxi business, but many businesses fail to analyze how to stay stable in the business. This blog’s core idea is to educate you on selecting the best taxi service app for your business and how it will turn out to be successful. We all know about Uber, one of the successful pioneers in the taxi service industry. If you watch closely, they keep innovating contemporary ideas to keep their business afloat. For example, you would have seen a plastic sheet in Uber taxi and autos that acts as a separator between the driver and the passenger. This concept of implementing sheet screens is to contain the spread of viruses. From this, you can vouch why Uber is successful and preferred by many users. With no more rounding about, let us take a peek into the Uber clone app‘s more such intelligent features.
Restricted passenger limit– To meet the safety standards, the app allows only two passengers to travel in a taxi at a time.
Face mask recognition– The drivers must wear face masks and upload their pictures to the app. This is to cross-check whether the drivers follow the safety rules or flout.
Safety checklist– Both drivers and passengers must follow the safety rules to contain the augment of viruses. Before accepting the ride requests, the driver will have to ascertain that he/she follows all the safety guidelines by ticking the checklist.
Ride cancellation– You would have heard about ride cancellation before. But now, the passenger or the driver can cancel the ride if the opposite party doesn’t follow the safety rules.
Safety ratings and reviews– The user and the driver can give ratings and reviews regarding their opinions on the safety measures followed in the app.
Apart from these newly implemented features, let us discuss the basic features of the taxi app.
The user app:
Request rides– The user can book a ride by giving the app’s source and destination details. Once done, the driver will receive the user’s request for the ride.
Schedule rides– Users may not be familiar with the ‘schedule rides’ feature. With this feature, the user can schedule rides for a later date. It is similar to how we book for seats on trains.
Live-tracking– Assume that the user has booked a ride and is waiting for the taxi to arrive. In the meantime, he/she can track the location of the taxi via the in-app tracker.
Flexible payments– As your business’s ultimate purpose is to provide users the best riding experience, incorporating multiple payment methods will add to it. Payment gateways like debit cards, credit cards, UPI, PayPal, Stripe, cash on delivery, etc., will be convenient for users to process payments smoothly
Invite and earn- The user can refer the app to others by sharing the app’s invite link with them. If they turn out to use the app with the invite link, they will get referral points.
The driver app:
Availability– Once the user requests a ride, the admin will map the driver’s request based on his/her availability. The driver can mark whether he/she is ready for the ride or not with the toggle button.
Route finder– To reach the user’s location on time, the driver must opt for the shortest route. The app has a route finder that will show the shortest route with less traffic to the driver.
Invoice- The app generates an invoice for every ride, including the distance traveled, waiting time, ride fare, etc.,
The admin panel:
Driver verification– As the passengers’ safety is of paramount importance, the admin will verify the credentials given by the driver and then approve.
Sub- admins– The admin can appoint sub-admins to look after the app’s happenings.
Trip report– The admin will get a detailed report of the booked trips through the app. The details include the number of passengers, source, destination, fare, ratings, and reviews.
Earnings corner– The admin can keep an eye on the revenue generated from the app and also the revenue made by the driver.
To enhance the app, you can add the upcoming paid features to the app.
KIOSK booking app– Make your taxi business reachable to tourists by installing KIOSK screens in hotels to book your taxi from anywhere.
Corporate rides– Expand your taxi business by taking up corporate rides. Partner with corporate companies so that you can get paid for every ride taken by their employees.
Ridesharing– With the ride-sharing feature, users can share their rides with other users. Through this, users can avail of the taxi service at an affordable fare.
Multiple stop points– The user can wish to have intermittent rides by pausing at multiple points and can resume anytime. The user can be charged based on the waiting time.
Child seat preference– Some users may carry their child along with them during the ride. For such users, make their ride convenient with a child seat preference.
Book for others– Users can book rides for their friends/family members with the “Book for others” option.
Next, we shall step into the stages of the taxi app development.
Stage 1- As a user, you should choose the ideal service provider for your app development. Once you find the developer, state your requirements, and the features you expect in the app.
Stage 2- Once you give your requirements, the back-end development team will infuse all your specifications and formulate a model system.
Stage 3- Based on the model system’s design, you can know whether your requirements are met or not. If all requirements are included, you can approve the model.
Stage 4- Next, the front-end team will carry out the front-end activities like UI customization, white-labeling, etc., and forward the app to testing.
Stage 5- The testing team will put the app under rigorous testing and end the testing stage once it is error-free.
Stage 6- The app is ready for deployment and will be launched in all major app stores.
As we all know, the marketplace is thronged with many taxi service providers. It is of greater importance to developing an app with every captivating feature. It is high time you develop a riding sharing app for your business and keep bringing in profits.