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How to build an app like Uber?

Uber app is a very consistent, handy, and quite affordable taxi service app that was launched in 2010. It is a location-based app which automatically calculates fare of the drive from your location to the destination of your ride. At the end of your trip, this app requests you to rate the taxi driver from 1 to 5 stars. This app has been developed to run on both iOS and Android platforms.

There are many happy users across the globe who have availed this remarkable taxi service. Uber adopts a brilliant market strategy. In order to encourage new customers to avail this service, Uber gives 50% discount for the first ride.

Uber app also provides the facility of choosing the luxury car as preferred by the traveler. The best part is that along with providing a great degree of comfort, Uber rides are usually less expensive than normal taxi services.

Payment method:

This app uses PayPal’s Card.io service to scan credit card on iOS. You just need to hold your card in front of your mobile’s camera. The app reads your card numbers and automatically fills the required information. But with Android, you have to manfully enter the card information. You can also choose to pay by cash, debit card, or mobile wallets.

This article provides the essential guidelines to develop a wonderful app like Uber.

App development approach:

First, you need to build a basic version of the app and then analyze the market carefully. After noting the possible improvements for the rider’s and driver’s app, you can modify the app with the required advanced set of features. This approach will definitely save your time.

Besides this, you should incorporate these features into your Uber-like app-

  • Nice visuals and graphics

  • Smooth UI/UX designs

  • User-friendly interface

  • Real-time functionality

App development structure:

The Uber-like app is made up of three mobile apps which are Admin app, Driver app, and a Customer app. You can install this app on your mobile so that you get familiar with all the necessary features that you have to include in your new app.

Technologies used:

Uber app developers mainly used the programming languages Python, Java, Go, and Node.js to build the app. Among these, Node.js is specifically meant for the marketplace team. Google Maps API is also used for the Uber app.

Uber’s text messages are empowered by Twilio. The push notifications are executed with the help of Apple Push Notifications Service on the iOS platform while Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) is used on the Android platform.

1. Customer app features:

The main features of the customer app include:

Track a ride: The passengers can use this option to track the ride by using the map integrated into the app. Track Service History: It provides a report of the rides of passengers in a particular period.

Fare Estimation: It allows passengers to have an approximate idea of the taxi fare depending upon their pick up and drop location. The app algorithm calculates the exact fare at the end of the ride considering factors like the car chosen, time taken by the passenger if he stops at some destinations during the ride, etc.

Rider security: Panic button on the app can be pressed if the rider is in some sort of trouble in the journey. It sends notifications to Uber officials, nearest police station and the concerned family members of the rider.

The app users can also book a taxi for others. In case of multiple passengers in the same taxi, the fare can be paid individually using the split charges option of the app. In this case, the app calculates the fare on the basis of pick up and drop location of each passenger.

2. Driver App Features:

The major features are:

Driver delivery report: It provides a summary of the driving style of a driver in a particular period. Those who drive smooth, continue their services while those who often drive rash can be removed from their service.

Route optimization: This option allows the driver to choose the best route to reach the destination quickly.

Cancellation window: It is the waiting time of a driver. When a driver reaches the location of the passenger at the time, then the first two minutes are non-chargeable for passengers.

Hire maps: It enables drivers to know about the locations where there are more passengers.

Besides these features, the app also allows driver to accept the request for another ride while he is still doing his current ride. This saves the driver’s time and he can earn more money.


You can now develop an Uber-like app. You can include the most used features in the app and some advanced features as required for your app. A team of experienced mobile app developers in India or abroad can definitely make an Uber app clone.

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