The world saw a new trend in ride sharing and taxi businesses when Uber was launched. In fact, it is actually very unnerving when taxis that Uber does not even own are providing transportation to customers, giving Uber a net value of over $62 billion.
The business model of Uber has been designed such that the app acts as a middleman, linking the taxi driver and the customer. This business model has been scaled to such an extent that there are many Uber like apps all over the globe. This is because startups and entrepreneurs have seen a new and easy way of making money. Uber’s statistics show that it is available in 60 countries, 300 cities and delivers one million rides daily. Today it has a fan following of over 18 million users. These figures alone are enough for anyone to think about how they become the next Uber.
The launch of taxi booking app for your business
Given the fact that smartphone technology has practically exploded worldwide, it is no surprise that Uber has been so successful. However, that does not mean that there is no room for you to start your own on demand business. Just like any other business, Uber has also left room for plenty of competition and there is no reason why should not survive because there are so many similar apps that have been launched and they are savoring the taste of success.
Let’s look at a few successful apps that have been launched across the world. These apps are a remake of Uber and are running successfully wherever they are. As they say, there is enough room for everyone to survive.
Ola – It is the most popular taxi app in India. Launched in Mumbai, it started as a taxi app but now offers full transportation services by including shuttle and rickshaw and ridesharing services.
Didi Chuxing – Operating in 400 cities in China, this app is the world’s largest mobile transportation platform. It offers all services including taxi rides, social ride sharing, carpooling, private cars, buses, chauffeurs as well as corporate services.
Grab – An all over Asia service, it offers all types of cab services, ranging from luxury high-end cars to motorcycle services.
Lyft – This was the biggest ride-sharing app ever to be launched in the United States, whereby the app allowed you to see available drivers on a map in real time and book them via the app. The facility of in-app payment is also available as is the reviews and rating feature.
Launch your own taxi booking app
The success of the above apps just goes to prove that if you have the right idea, in the right place then you too can be a successful owner of an app based taxi business. These days there are many developers who have designed clones of these famous apps so all you need to do is identify a niche, get your app customized accordingly and launch your own white-labeled taxi booking app in a country or city of your choice.
These apps can be launched on both iOS and Android platforms and are very easy and user-friendly to use, thus providing you with mass clientele.
Listed below are some of the amazing features that need to be installed with the taxi booking app:
- An artistically designed company name and logo
- One tap cab booking system
- Google maps
- Login facility through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter
- Searching local taxis via the GPS system
- An automated payment integration system
- Booking cancellation
- Push notifications, email alerts and text messages
- Multi-language and currency support
- See estimated arrival time of the taxi
- Select pick up and drop off location
- View history
The growing trends of taxis
These days taxis are no longer considered a luxury. Today people are ready to spend on small luxuries like limousines, cab rides etc which are also a convenient mode of transport as well.
The time to start is now. Design your business model. Think of an existing problem and see how you can solve it. Develop this into your business idea. Start small and scale gradually. You too can be the next Uber.