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How Much Does It Cost to Build or Clone a Taxi App like Uber?

The Uber application is one of the most popular taxi apps that provide best services to its customers. Therefore, the demand for such taxi app development schemas is growing consistently. Many organizations are trying to update their taxi apps to make them work like Uber. The features of this app are used by other companies to meet different requirements.

How does the Uber app work?

One of the major reasons for Uber’s success is their commitment towards their employees and customers. The Uber app has been doing great since 2012 and has greatly facilitated people’s lives as customers can book their private cab with a single tap on their phone. The nearest car will soon reach their location in few minutes.

Performance: The Uber app is operated in 77 countries and is used by 80 million users. It offers most affordable services to customers as compared to other taxi service providers. This is again a reason why people primarily choose Uber services.

Features: The app consists of a sign up and a login page. If you don’t have an Uber account, you can easily create one by registering yourself through the app. If you are a registered user, then you can book an Uber taxi to reach your preferred destinations. The page also asks you to select the preferred mode of payment which are credit card, debit card, etc.

There is a booking interface where you can enter the preferred location to call a taxi and choose the type of cab you want. It is necessary to set a pick-up location to navigate the driver.

There is a tracking system that can help you to know your driver’s location and the estimated time to reach your selected destination.

You will also find a price calculator in the app. It will help you calculate the estimated price for your ride prior taking it.

You will receive a push notification that informs you about every detail such as the status of your ride, estimated time for your taxi’s arrival, and other details like taxi number, model, etc.

How much will it cost to create an Uber clone app?

If we broadly categorize the cost components of Uber app, we can enlist them as backend development, website development, native app development (Android/iOS), designing and implementation, management and quality assurance, and other minor components.

1. Backend development:

Building a strong concept, implementing it and ensuring that each connection between elements is error-free is a crucial challenge. But it is the foundation for every app.

Developers use JavaScript, Python, etc. to build the foundation and then store it on a single database system like PostgreSQL. Here, we cannot estimate a precise time taken to develop every single feature in the app. On an average, each feature may consume 100 to 200 hours, and even more. A community of good programmers and developers are hired to work on these features.

2. Native App development (iOS/Android):

The platform selected for app development will depend on the number of target customers. Uber is a simple app and thus, it’s less expensive. The app should target both iOS and Android users. Mobile app development companies can easily develop apps for both platforms nowadays.

Irrespective of whether we use iOS or Android, the backend and functionality remain the same. The tools and framework used for each platform are different. The timeline for app development on each platform is at least 200 hours.

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How Much Does It Cost to Develop a Taxi App like Uber

In terms of estimated cost;

Mobile app development companies spend money on development of these apps on an hourly basis. These hourly rates vary from country to country, for example, $20 to $40 in Asia, $40 to $80 in Europe, and $100 to $150 in UK/USA. Hence, let’s assume that the rate to develop an app like Uber is $50 per hour.

In general, we can say that the timeline for creating a passenger app (33%) and its quality assurance (39%) are the most time-consuming components in the process. In comparison to this, building an admin app and a driver app will take around 14% of the time each.

Hence, considering every fact and calculating approximate values, an app like Uber that works on a single platform will cost around $30,000 to $35,000 at $50 per hour rate. However, if the app works on both iOS and Android platforms, it will cost around $65,000 or more.

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