How to build a Ridesharing App?

The main idea of taxi booking apps is to book a taxi in under 30 seconds easily. And the most convenient way is to connect drivers and riders via a mobile app like Uber, Ola, etc.

You can call your trip in the following criteria

  • The passenger has pre-planned a trip and his travel
  • The passenger has made no prior arrangement and this is unplanned
  • The passenger is out on the road and looking for a taxi service

Sometimes passengers may look for companions to share costs but have a rest during long trips

The main idea of taxi booking apps is to book a taxi in under 30 seconds
easily. And the most convenient way is to connect drivers and riders via a mobile app like Uber, Ola, etc.

Here’s how Taxi Booking Apps work

  1. Request – Passengers specify where they’re going, where they’d like to pick up and drop off passengers, and when
  2. Booking – Passengers look through the type of trips, cars, and book a ride
  3. Payment – Passengers pay in the app or cash when they get in the car
  4. Rating – Riders rate the trip and leave their reviews

If riders choose to pay via the app, the money goes to the drivers’ bank account from the time of payment within two days

Must-Have Features

Registration & Profile

Most apps ask users to enter their email, phone number, and generate a password. And it’s a good idea to offer sign-ups or ins via Facebook, Twitter, or Google as it saves your users’ time. Let users upload a photo, enter the name, phone, and car license numbers (For drivers only), add a payment method, and check their payment history
As well as view ratings left, booking history, edit money transfer methods (for drivers), and postal address

Book a Ride

Passengers enter their destination, pickup, and drop-off points, then choose a driver among those who offer a ride. Riders always see the cost of the ride before they book it. At the same time, drivers should be able to look through booking requests and manually accept or decline them. Or set the app to accept all requests automatically. In case there are no suitable rides found, you may let passengers place alerts so that they will be notified as soon as a matching route is posted

My Rides (Passenger/Driver)

Passengers see the number of rides they’ve completed and their details—date, destination, car, payment details—in the ‘archived’ tab

GPS Location

In ride-sharing app development, GPS is used to detect someone’s location. That’s how drivers can set exact pickup and drop off points, while riders can see their whole route

Fare Calculation

The app calculates the cost for each passenger based on their number and travel distance. Here passengers choose how they prefer to be paid

  • Online – The app transfers money to PayPal or a bank account
  • In cash – Riders pay in the car before or after the ride

Admin Panel

Admin panel allows admins to manage users (search, block, check up an ID card), payments, reviews, reports, view statistics, etc

How to Monetize a Taxi Booking App?

Now, if you’re going to create your own rideshare app and make money with it, you should choose a monetization model. The most common are

  • Paid advertising (users see third-party ads in the app)
  • Reservation/cancellation fees for riders (passengers pay a small booking fee to confirm their intentions)
  • Transaction fees for drivers
  • Collecting a small service fee for every ride from passengers


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