Uber-like app – Estimation & Features’ Checklist


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What is Uber Mobile App made of?

A lot of people are misled into thinking that there is a single Uber app that both drivers and passengers use. This is far from the facts since Uber has two front end apps with an admin panel, and a server on the back end.

The front end as I just mentioned consists of the Uber Passenger App, the Uber Driver App, and the Admin Panel.
Its functionality is pretty straightforward, with end users using the passenger app to hail/book vehicles with Uber, drivers partnering with

Uber use the driver app to accept and find passengers, as the Admin Panel/Web interface monitors and manages both Apps.

At the back end, the Uber server collects the requests from the driver and passenger apps, processes them and then delivers the appropriate response to each.

The functionality of the apps is dependent on the server speed; the faster the server can process the data, the better the functionality.

Source: techcrunch.com

Features of an Uber-like App?

Ride scheduling in advance. It allows the passenger to book a ride ahead of time. Talk about convenience
Ride booking for others. One can order a ride for another person in another location.

Splitting fare with companions. The app is really flexible and will allow multiple users to share a single ride and bill each proportionately even taking into account where each gets off, the total bill is split.

Voice recognition. The app also features voice recognition capability and can identify individual users by their voice.

Gamification and discounts. One of the perks of the app is that from time to time it offers promotions and discounts to users.

How long it takes to build an app like Uber for iOS and Android

There are several factors that determine the duration and cost developing an app that can do the kind of stuff Uber does;
Whether to use an on-shore or offshore app development company, the number of features you intend to have, etc. even with the monetary resources, time remains a huge factor.

What technologies are used in an App like Uber?

Another factor to seriously consider is the app’s tech stacks; these are all the technologies needed to create dedicated features on the app.

The features can be divided into three core functionalities, regardless whether for the driver or passenger app they have a few minor differences.

How much does it cost to develop an app like Uber?

To determine the total cost of building an app, you simply have to multiply the estimated time in hours that it will require, by the hourly rate quoted by the mobile development company.

According to Buildfire, it could cost as low as $25 per hour with an offshore developer, and between $37 and $60 per hour to get a high end Uber clone app built by a domestic firm.

Silicon Valley guys will probably charge you $180 per hour.

To sum it all up, you’ll probably part with between $150 – $200 for a developer in the USA;

in the UK it will range $90 – $150;

and a developer in Ukraine will charge between $25 – $49.

How much will it cost to maintain an app like Uber?

Post-development planning is just as essential as the actual app development.

The post-deployment costs average about 15 – 20% of the original development costs, so if the app cost $100,000 to develop then the maintenance costs will be about $20,000 per year.

How can you beat your competitors?

The ride sharing market has a high user penetration rate and it is also one of the most fiercely competitive.

To beat the existing players, you will have to identify missing utilities and even go a step further to redefine the present user experience. Some of the trending features in 2020 are listed below.

1. Voice recognition
2. Airport queue
3. Flat rate
4. Smart wallets
6. Quest rewards
7. Statistical dashboard
8. Customized visibility to dispatchers
9. Details from all booking channels
10. Assign and manage taxi
11. Heat maps
12. Driver delivery reports
13. Quest earnings
14. Forward dispatch


Coming up with a MVP for an on demand platform demands a lot from the app owners in terms of investment not just in money but also dedicated web and mobile interfaces for both supply and demand.

Owners need to consider above all else the role of the said app in their business, whether it is merely an extension of their services to promote the already existing business or it is the entire business itself.

Furthermore, mobile app security against potential data breaches is a matter of great concern that an app of this nature cannot afford to lax on.

If you consider recent controversies like the #boycottUber movement then you must acknowledge that diving into a popular people-driven service involves higher stakes than monetary losses.

The comprehensive 50+ feature list you could fina at original source – Uber-like MVP cost.

Maksym Babych
My name is Maksym Babych and I am a serial entrepreneur and IT professional. I am CEO of SpdLoad, a startup development company located in Ukraine. I launched company almost 7 years ago and now it has 20+ successful products in SaaS and Marketplace industry and several own products. I am an expert in Marketing, Lean Methodology, Customer Development approach and optimize business processes. I always try to apply this knowledge correctly. My focus is on optimizing business processes and developing the product.


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