Taxi business has been turned upside down in all countries where Uber operates. Why did this happen in Poland as well?
Because Uber is still controversial, both legally and fiscally.
Because when Uber starts operating in a given city, they invest a lot of money so the cost of services offered is much lower than at other providers.
Besides, Uber drivers are accused of working as taxi drivers without a license which resulted in a conflict between taxi drivers and Uber drivers. The conflict was additionally escalated by the media.
So, what do itCraft and Uber have in common?
Let us explain.
“Uber” is the future, not only in the transportation branch, but in many others. UberEATS are becoming more and more popular in many countries. itCraft has an application of this type in its portfolio, but in a different branch – we introduced the HomeDoctor application, known as “Uber for Doctors”.
The Uber type app is a complex venture that consists of a number of components. See details below:
1. A native mobile iOS application for passengers – as a minimum it must be able to:
2. A native mobile Android application for passengers – an application for the other mobile platform, offering the same scope of operation as above.
3. A native mobile iOS application for Uber drivers – as a minimum, the application must be able to:
4. A native mobile Android application for Uber drivers – an application for the other mobile platform, offering the same scope of operation as above.
5. A web application for passengers – an application that gives passengers access to settings of their account and to the user’s profile, payment configuration, history of rides and ride details.
6. A web application for drivers – an application that gives drivers access to settings of the driver’s profile, settlement management and to history of all rides.
7. Administrator panel – a web application to manage the whole system and access selected functions for the passenger support department and for drivers.
8. Server application (backend – database, API). This is the engine of the whole system where all user data is saved (database) and the system logic. The component issues the so called Application Programming Interface (API) for the other components. The backend is a central point of the system that connects other elements. The whole communication between mobile applications and web panels goes through this component. A server application must have the following features:
There are many components and so creating an Uber type application is not an easy thing. Of course there are applications that can be used as models, but still a lot of work is required to implement this type of application. This is the reason why this type of an app is not that popular and there are relatively few of them.
It is hard to say what budget would be required to create an application of this type, but an app comparable to MyTaxi or Uber costs more than $100 000 net.
The cost includes specification, graphic layouts, app prototype, implementation of all components, internal tests, acceptance tests and application implementation support.
We have to remember that after the app has been created it must be advertised in order to reach customers. Looking at the companies already present in the market it is easy to notice that convincing customers to use our offer requires considerable expenses. At Uber, for every recommendation a given user and us, who recommend, receive 15 PLN to spend for a ride. MyTaxi is even more aggressive and offers 50 PLN for the first ride for every new user invited. Besides, a number of promotions like the price -50% in July for rides after rush hours. Such actions aim at creating a group of customers but at the same time require considerable expenses to encourage customers to use our services.
Research says that within the years to come we will remotely order more and more services and this is the reason why numerous apps through which food or cleaning services can be ordered appear.
So which Uber type application will be the next hit?
We hope it will be your app!
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