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Uber and Hyundai make Headway into Flying Taxi at CES 2020

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Uber and Hyundai make Headway into Flying Taxi at CES 2020 Blogs, Technology January 10, 2020 The ride-hailing industry is off to a remarkable start to the decade as Uber teams up with Hyundai for flying taxis. Though the official announcement came at CES 2020, both businesses shared their ambitions regarding flying cars years ago. Hyundai is believed to be working on this project for quite some time now. They signaled the unveiling at CES only a couple of months back but announced what they call “Project Elevate” over a year ago. Uber is publicly working on upping their game in skies since 2016 when they first announced Uber Elevate. Hyundai is not the first manufacturer to collaborate with Uber on aerial mobility services. Bell joined forces with Uber at CES 2019 to announce their air ambitions using Bell’s Nexus Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The long road to reaching the flying taxi Uber remains the top stakeholder in the global on-demand services industry since its inception in 2009. A decade of absolute dominance allows the business to define and shape the sources of future mobility. We are yet to witness an Uber flying taxi though and it may take a few years. Uber officially announced 2023 as the year to publicly launch aerial service. This ride-hailing giant is not only one of the pioneers of flying taxi but stands among pioneering autonomous cars as well. Uber is working on self-driving taxis for more than half a decade. However, their autonomous taxi campaign was hit with a serious blow in May 2018 when one of the vehicles fatally hit a pedestrian. Uber executives are still struggling to build confidence in public and pass through regulatory phases since the incident. Prior to collaborating with Bell, Uber partnered with a number of VTOL aircraft manufacturers including Bell and Aurora Flight Sciences in the major manufacturers and Embraer, Mooney, and Karem among the smaller ones. Jaunt and Joby are the latest additions in Uber air taxi manufacturing partners. The struggle in making considerable progress with autonomous cars is one major hurdle on their way to rule skies. This is why the business is collaborating with a large number of UAV manufacturers. If one manufacturer fails to satisfy their business requirements, they will have plenty of other options to work with. Uber begins to set rules for aerial taxi service Uber is in the process of setting up the rules of the game that it is going to play for the next few decades. In the absence of any notable competitor, the company is trying to ensure that regulators come up with rules that best suit the ride-hailing prodigy. Uber Elevate Summit is an annual conference and exhibition organized by Uber as part of its Elevate project to identify the challenges in flying taxi and come up with the most promising solutions. Uber executives take this conference as an opportunity to intensify their relationship with other stakeholders including influential bodies responsible for air taxi regulation. The company introduced the eVTOL common reference model (eCRM) in 2016 with a few amendments in the subsequent years. The model serves as the set of standards for manufacturers and designers to ensure compliance with safety regulations and operational efficiency. Although eCRM originally emerged for vehicles controlled by pilots, Uber reuses it for UAVs as well. As per eCRM, each vehicle should be capable of cruising at 150 mph and continue operations of 25 miles and less with a charge time of as low as 7 minutes. Moreover, the eVTOL should be able to fly for 60 miles before switching on to reserve energy and should be almost noise-free. The efforts toward succeeding at flying Uber taxi is not limited to collaborations with VTOL UAV manufacturers and influencing the regulators. Uber also went into partnership with NASA to develop air traffic plan for the times ahead. As per the company’s executives, Uber flying taxi would be operating in the urban areas with individuals needing to go farther than a vehicle’s range would require hops. How exactly does Uber Flying Taxi work? Uber aims to build what it calls Skyports. These ports would essentially be the platforms where a vehicle would take off and land. Besides, the port would also have an infrastructure for charging. Like vehicle manufacturers, Uber also partners with architects to develop the designs for Skyports. The company claims that Skyports would be capable of handling 1,000 landings per hour while occupying the least possible space. Since hundreds of vehicles would be aerial in a region as small as having a radius less than 5 miles, Uber air taxi or for that matter any aerial taxi service would need to have highly sophisticated software that enables each drone in the network to complete operations seamlessly. Elevate Cloud Services is the model that Uber is aiming to use to ensure seamless activity. This cloud-based operation would allow information sharing in real-time between aircraft and network operators. It is notable that operators would only be used for monitoring as the entire operation would remain automated. Video below is a depiction of Skyports, the kind of drones and operations. An individual aiming to get a ride on Uber drone taxi would need to schedule via mobile app. Similar to what passengers do while booking a traditional Uber taxi. However, passengers would need to travel to the nearest Skyport. Instead of an Uber plane landing on the driveway of passengers’ homes. Competitors of Flying Uber Taxi Although Uber introduced flying taxi in partnership with manufacturers earlier as well, yet their collaboration with. Bell was the first instance of UAV based aerial taxi. A couple of service providers are operating in various parts of the world using human-controlled VTOL aircraft before Uber. Volocopter in Singapore is performing operations on a commercial scale for many years. It has also introduced the service in Dubai recently. However, Volocopter only operates aircraft controlled by humans. Boeing is also aiming to play a central

White Label Taxi App – Recent Case Studies in Brief

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White Label Taxi App – Recent Case Studies in Brief Blogs, Startup, Technology September 25, 2019 The past couple of years enabled CabStartup to widen the global client-base by attracting ride-hailing startups and established taxi companies from various regions of the world. The projects in Australia including Water Taxis and MooV expanded our client-base to every inhabited continent. The diversity of projects allowed us to restructure CabStartup white label taxi app platform adding incredibly higher flexibility. Although there are dozens of established businesses which are leveraging CabStartup technology, yet this article specifically shares the projects that we worked on since the start of 2019. Most of these businesses are up and running successfully while a couple of them have launched recently. MooV is expected to launch soon. CabStartup Subscribers Network CabStartup offers subscriptions as well as one-time payment solution. Following are the companies leveraging our platform through subscription-based model. Also read: CabStartup Pricing 1. BlackStar Taxi – Mykonos, Greece Many CabStartup case studies suggest that our client-base predominantly belongs to metropolitans. However, BlackStar Taxi is one of the instances reflecting clients in smaller regions. Mykonos – one of the famous Greek islands providing scenic beauty to travelers – lacked a ride-hailing service. While the absence of competitors is beneficial, it also carries a disadvantage of absence of a similar case. BlackStar offers three types of vehicles including Standard, SUV, and Van. The customers are able to view the precise fare during scheduling. This company quickly moved on top of all the ride-hailing options available on the island. BlackStar enables its customers to pay by cash as well besides credit card or e-wallet.   2. eDriverz LLC – Tucson, Arizona eDriverz started only seven months back in February 2019 with a goal to address the growing demand of rideshare services in Tucson, Arizona. The efficiency in operations allowed this company to emerge as one of the top choices for Arizonans. With the remarkable growth in the first few months, the leaders felt motivated to expand into other states. CabStartup also assisted in scaling up the taxi dispatch software platform to accommodate more drivers and sustain more traffic. Consequently, eDriverz is one of the fastest growing startups in the US. The companies uses entire platform of CabStartup including separate apps for drivers and passengers, a dispatch panel, and an admin panel. This cloud-based platform enables eDriverz to effortlessly scale-up as much as they want.   3. KinderCarGo – Calgary, Canada The widespread success of Ride-hailing services like HopSkipDrive and Zūm in the US encouraged entrepreneurs of KinderCarGo to introduce a similar service in Canada as well. The service currently available in Calgary would be expanded soon in other cities. KinderCarGo required extra bit of security features since it is particularly branded as transportation for children and families. Thus, CabStartup developers ensured that this white label taxi app does not only provide features for surveillance of drivers but also enable parents to verify once the children reach destination. Learn more: How Taxi Dispatch Platform Ensures Security? Parents can also communicate with children during the journey. The app provides verification to administrators once a driver picks up and drops off the passenger.   4. Lady for Lady – San Tiago, Chile This is an all-women service recently uploaded on app stores. The development was not as challenging as branding because the client wanted this service for a specific niche. Our designers and developers collaborated to make multiple prototypes. Each prototype offered a range of options for app design, theme, and logo. Also read: How to Enhance User Experience in Taxi Management Apps Lady for Lady uses entire taxi management software including driver and passenger apps and admin modules. The administration staff is able to view business insights in an interactive form featuring graphs, tables, and charts. This innovative idea is expected to grow bigger due to the shortfall of women-only ridesharing services. One major reason for limiting it to women is to ensure security. Thus, CabStartup developers ensured that each driver gets registered after a significant amount of verification.   5. Let’s Drive – New York City The growing needs rideshare market in New York City encouraged Let’s Drive leadership to introduce this startup. CabStartup is in contact with Let’s Drive executives for the past few months. Our developers worked in close collaboration with their leadership so that white label taxi app for driver and passenger can be rebranded precisely as per the client’s requirements. Also read: Rideshare Software to Implement Multiple Businesses The app was uploaded on App Store and Google Play two weeks back in September 2019. Apart from usual features including real-time tracking, route optimization, profiles of users, user analytics among others, the app also carries some unique features. Proximity search is one of the notable features that allowing drivers to find the nearby drivers. Besides, it also enables them to find the areas where demand is excessively higher than number of available vehicles. Using this ability, drivers can move to a nearest region where the probability of finding a passenger is higher.   6. Mobili360 – Conakry, Guinea With a turmoil-filled history and low human development index of just over 0.459, it is fairly challenging to successfully introduce a ridesharing service. Like BlackStar, Mobili360 project also lacked a similar case. Thus, CabStartup experts performed a wide-scale research to understand geographic and demographic differences before rebranding software. The results of this research revealed a poor public transit system. Moreover, it also pointed out huge flaws in local taxi system which remained the only choice for commuters. Population with low per capita income had no or little option to pay higher taxi fares. CabStartup branded its white label taxi app platform for Mobili360 in a way that it corresponded to the native requirements. Mobili360 after beginning in the capital Conakry is prepared to expand in the neighboring countries as well.   7. Money Cabs – San Antonio, Texas Money Cabs made its way into the Mainland US when Uber and Lyft

Bike Sharing Business Technology Acquisition and Marketing

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Bike Sharing Business Technology Acquisition and Marketing Blogs, Startup, Technology September 20, 2019 Micromobility is rapidly replacing the traditional means of commuting particularly in densely populated urban areas. Apart from avoiding congestion, people are also able to reduce cost of traveling and time consumption. A number of bike sharing business models have emerged as a result with dockless and stationed bikes being the most prominent ones. The types of bike also vary as users can seek motorbike, bicycle, or scooters. Regardless of the underlying business model, the acquisition of efficient technology and execution of effective marketing strategies are essential to start bike sharing business. The first part of this article shares the factors that make bike sharing a highly sustainable business. Later in the text, the appropriate technologies and marketing strategies associated with this business are discussed. Meanwhile, it also mentions modules and features of CabStartup platform.   Why is On-demand Bike Sharing Business Highly Effective? There are numerous reasons causing sustainability of bike sharing. Following five are the most significant ones. Cost of Bike Sharing Operations Before the advent of bike sharing services, the urban dwellers faced of dilemma of choosing between public transit and taxi services. While former takes excessively greater time in most circumstances, the latter is considerably expensive. Bike sharing provides a decent alternative particularly to cover distances less than five miles. It is highly popular among the residents living in a 5 mile radius of a bus or subway station. By utilizing a bike, they can cover the distance between their residents and nearest station notably quicker. Besides, they also save money otherwise spent on taxi services. An extensive study exploring reasons for using bike share reveals that 73% of Washington DC residents acquire services to save time while 25% for saving costs. Another research from the UK demonstrates contrasting yet still encouraging results. It notes 66% residents saving costs while an impressive 78% for time saving. Excessive Security Features A decade back, bike sharing was widely perceived as impractical due to the inability of startups to offer security framework. The problem persists in some areas where modern bikes are unavailable. Baltimore Bike Share in the US, Gobee in France and Hong Kong, Wukong in China, and oBike in Singapore present some of the notable examples of Bike sharing services shutting down due to vandalism. Fortunately, the significant enhancement in design and software has resulted in remarkable drop in stealing and vandalism incidents. For instance, the top bike share operators ensure that the GPS remains inside the frame of vehicle so that it cannot be detached and remains on at all times. The manufacturers have also introduced bike whose bolts and nuts cannot be removed since the removal requires screw drivers of unique shape. They ensure that bell and headlight remains integrated and fixed within the frame. Encouraging Bike Sharing Statistics Statistics from around the world in general and the US in particular indicate that bike sharing industry is growing rapidly. Although each year saw an increase in the number of users, yet 2018 remained incredible after the arrival of e-scooters. Following information compiled by NACTO shows 240% annual increase in the number of trips in 2018. Dockless bike share companies could not attract sufficient users in 2017. However, they also managed to attain a decent user-base in 2018. One noteworthy reason for these admirable statistics is the fact that bike share companies are incorporating mature technology. The results include a reduced cost of operations and more sustainable revenue generation sources. Western Europe demonstrates even more encouraging results. The Netherlands was already the leader in utilization of bike sharing with a rate of 1.3 bicycles per person – most in the world. The next ten countries in this list are also Europeans sitting above Canada and the US. Flexibility to Expand Business Model It does not matter much whether you start with a dockless bike or a stationed one. Bike sharing business allows expansion of business model in the future provided the underlying dispatch platform is flexible enough. In fact, you may also add bike-taxi and three wheelers in future. However, the vehicles in these business models require gig workers to operate them as in on-demand taxi businesses. Dockless bike share is the best bet if you want to keep the initial cost at minimum. This model saves cost otherwise spent on the installation and maintenance of stations. Moreover, it also prevents cost for service agents’ share. Also read: Mobility as a Service and Transportation Conquest What you need to ensure at the beginning is the efficiency of entire business process regardless of its scale. Investors are more interested in economic sustainability. Thus, they want you to gain a considerable user-base in the opening year. Bike Sharing is Crucial in Urban Areas Urban congestion predominantly emerging from excessive number of cars is one of the most challenging problems. Governments in all states of the US, Western Europe and beyond are convinced that bike sharing is crucial toward decreasing this congestion. Many national firms and welfare organizations are funding startups that aim at providing promising services. Also read: Success Factors of Rideshare Business Model The statistics demonstrating survey results indicate that users are also interested in micromobility for its ability to save time and cost. One credible survey confirms 61% people taking shared bikes while traveling to work to avoid congestion. Following image from NACTO visualizes the presence of bike sharing across the Mainland US. While congestion is a major reason, it is not the only driving force of micromobility. Environmental concerns also provide a significant cause. The city administrations in most US states are aiming to reduce car ownership and encourage commuters to use means of share mobility.   How to Start a Bike Share Business Launching a bike sharing startup requires extensive research and acquisition of the most appropriate technology. Following checklist enables you to implement this business model with significant efficacy. Demographic and Geographic Segmentation A range of reasons govern public’s decision

Car Sharing Business Model – Sustainability and Technology

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Car Sharing Business Model – Sustainability and Technology Blogs, Startup, Technology September 4, 2019 In the midst of the on-demand revolution where numerous traditional services have been transformed into their on-demand parallels, car sharing is making impressive progress. This industry emerged in the closing years of the past decade when Enterprise – one of the pioneers of rent-a-car service in the US – introduced CarShare. The success of this car-sharing business model encouraged investors to introduce multiple startups. Although the industry is demonstrating notable expansion, yet some entrepreneurs carry the fear that this model may not be a sustainable one. This article reveals why car sharing is sustainable before exploring the marketplace and requisite technology that ensure success. Why is Car Sharing Business Model Sustainable? The car-sharing industry is growing steadily. It is bound to pace up significantly in the next five years for undeniable reasons. The following are the two most notable factors which would attract large-scale adoption of car-sharing services. Vehicle Ownership Regulations Vehicles are being manufactured and sold for over a century. Until now, the number of consumers buying vehicles is still growing annually. However, the percentage increase is slowing down for a range of reasons. Ride-hailing and car-sharing businesses are eliminating the need to keep private vehicles. Public transit and carpooling are becoming more efficient and cost-effective than ever before. Governments are increasing the amount of taxes on purchase of private vehicles to implement sustainable urban planning. The concept of shared mobility is attaining realization in many cities around the world providing space for implementation of car sharing business models. Inefficiency of Traditional Car Rental Businesses In the wake of successful adoption of on-demand economy, traditional car rental businesses would soon lose their market share. Consumers tend to embrace comfort – especially when it is coupled with cost-effectiveness. Unlike traditional businesses, car-sharing companies facilitate customers by providing rental cars at their doorsteps. The customers can schedule a car on rent with only a few taps on their smartphones. There is no need to go through a lengthy verification process. Moreover, on-demand car rental also ensures the security of vehicles since you can track the location of every vehicle in real-time. Car sharing model is far more flexible than traditional vehicle rental businesses because the customers can rent a vehicle for as low as 30 minutes. You can choose to make variations in the time limit. Independent observers are certain that traditional car rental business would be obsolete by 2022. One notable indication is the adoption of on-demand services by major industry players including Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Zipcar. Besides, many startups offering car share services are also demonstrating great successes. Exploring the Car Sharing Marketplace The traditional car rental business offers only a B2C model. In essence, the rental company owns every vehicle in a fleet and rents them out for at al least 12 hours. Their customers comprise the general public. However, the advent of on-demand economy and development in shared mobility also introduced B2B and C2C or commonly referred to as P2P models. Following is a brief introduction to each of the car sharing models. B2C Car Sharing In terms of on-demand industry, this otherwise traditional rental business facilitates customers by enabling them to acquire a rental vehicle easily. The leading car rental companies ensure that customers are able to access the vehicle, unlock, and drive around without needing human assistance. One notable innovation in this model is the facility to drop a vehicle at a different location from where one started. This is significant because customers in conventional circumstances had to drop vehicles to fixed locations designated by service provider. B2C rent-a-car services mostly employ the same charging criteria as in ride-hailing services. The number of miles and time consumed are the two primary factors affecting rent charges. P2P Car Sharing This peer-to-peer model is highly sustainable for its ability to reduce costs and facilitate customers simultaneously. It is inspired by the idea of dockless bike sharing where customers leave bikes anywhere inside the designated operational region. Although urban administrations do not allow the same for cars, yet customers can leave them at parking spaces. The peers in this model can either be members of the general public or employees of the same or different companies. A number of startups including Turo and Getaround employ this model. One noteworthy factor is the use of personalized cards. Users can unlock vehicles using the RFID tags inscribed on these cards. The receiving sensors are mounted mostly behind the windshield. The most attractive factor associated with peer-to-peer car sharing is the flexibility in charges. Customers do not necessarily have to schedule a ride for at least 12 hours. Instead, they can acquire it for as low as 30 minutes. How Does P2P Car Rental Work? The users request a vehicle from a mobile phone app. Top service providers offer a range of features in their apps but ensure that users attain flawless experience. The integrated software in response shares the location of the nearest vehicles. At times, the requesting user is able to connect the peer who currently holds the vehicle. The two peers can communicate to decide about the drop-off point. Once the customer reaches vehicle, s/he can unlock it by holding a personalized card parallel to the sensor on the shield. In the same way, the customer can lock the vehicle using the card. Software Essentials for Car Sharing Business Technology plays the most crucial role in the success of a startup. The same is the case with car sharing industry which heavily relies on user and dispatch panels. The software systems of such startups are evolving for over a decade with innovative approaches. CabStartup with its multiple case studies in car sharing industry incorporates following components in customer app and admin panels. App for Customers The efficiency of some of the performance-intensive features including app speed, in-app user experience, ease in navigation to various tabs, and app size should go without saying. Such

Taxi Comparison App Use Cases and Revenue Models

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How to Enhance User Experience in App for Taxi Service Blogs, Startup, Technology August 27, 2019 Taxi management software and rideshare platform are redefining taxi business landscape for over a decade now. An efficiently built and marketed rideshare software app is likely to generate revenues as well as attract funding from investors. However, some cities are way too much saturated with ride-hailing businesses that there is barely any room for more. Nevertheless, the presence of rideshare businesses in large number can be put to your benefit by offering a taxi comparison app. Such an app serves to facilitate users by enabling them to compare services of various providers. These apps do not only compare ride fares but frequency of vehicles in a region, discounts offered from various providers, and a one stop-shop for booking rides from any company.   Rideshare Comparison App Use Cases Following are some of the most notable use cases of taxi comparison app each of which should be considered while developing such an app. 1. Vehicles in Proximity Passengers are able to approximate the arrival time of a vehicle when the apps like Uber and Lyft show all the idle vehicles in the vicinity. However, a taxi comparison app can depict vehicle from Uber, Lyft, other rideshare companies in the same app. You may use different colors or another scheme to distinguish vehicles of one rideshare company from another. Each of the vehicles, regardless of the company they are registered at, appears in the map in real-time. Also read: A Comprehensive Guide to Acquiring Taxi Management Software A problem would arise when a vehicle is registered for two or more services. For instance, drivers often use a vehicle for Uber as well as Lyft. In such scenarios, the app displays single vehicle after verification from license plate number. The app should show the nearby vehicles to not only the passengers but to drivers as well. This ability enables drivers to relocate themselves to a location where the demand is higher due to lower number of vehicles. Such drivers can avoid the mess of playing around multiple apps. Instead, they can accept rides, and estimate saturation of vehicles in an area from a single app. 2. Rideshare Fare Estimator This is one of the most crucial features because the decision of passengers to take a ride rests big time on the estimated fare. The passengers usually open multiple rideshare apps to compare the fare and take the one which is relatively inexpensive. A taxi fare comparison app would require a passenger to input pickup and drop-off locations. The app would estimate the fare for each rideshare app depending on the factors which affect the change in fare. For instance, Uber charges passengers with: A basic fare which is the mimimum amount to take Uber ride irrespective of the distance you cover. Distance traversed and time consumed from starting point to destination. Surge pricing if the demand is higher due to fewer number of vehicles available in an area. Considering these parameters, Uber provides a range of estimated fare. In many cities, both Uber and Lyft share the exact fare upfront before a passenger confirms a ride. However, the factors affecting fare remain as above. Also read: Starting a Taxi Business from Scratch to Summit Apart from these essential factors influencing the fare, there are some occasional factors as well. For instance, toll fees, cancellation or no-show fees, and airport fess are notable. 3. Single App for Booking A taxi comparison does not only necessarily be limited to estimating the fare and knowing the number of nearby vehicles. You can also schedule a ride with any rideshare provider using one app. It is notable that booking a ride requires the passengers to already be logged in to the account of actual service provider. Conversely, you cannot book a taxi service with Uber or Lyft unless you have a profile for them and you have already given access of these profiles to comparison app. Thus, when a passenger schedule a ride, say on Lyft using the comparison app, the request would be redirected from comparison app to Lyft. In essence, the passenger would be scheduling a Lyft ride using a different platform. Also read: Advanced Features for Ride-Hailing Apps to Outsmart Rivals Similarly, a driver accepting the ride from comparison app would actually be accepting a request from a particular rideshare customer of Lyft, Uber, or another service provider. The ratings and feedback shared by passengers and drivers would end up at the corresponding service provider only. Moreover, the app can also be used to make payments. However, paying through taxi comparison app would take additional service charges because this app would serve as middleman between passenger and service provider. 4. Drivers’ Availability for All Online Taxi Services Rideshare companies allow drivers to make them available or unavailable to accept rides at any given time. Some of the taxi companies employing gig workers also offer this flexibility to part timers. Many gig workers of taxi and rideshare companies work for more than one company. While serving passenger of one service provider, they stay unavailable over the other companies that they serve. For instance, a person might be registered as driver at Uber, Lyft, and Via simultaneously. However, s/he would serve customer of only one of these companies at a time – unless one is picking carpool customers for each company. In such scenarios, drivers do not have to keep multiple apps. Instead, you can provide them a single but comprehensive rideshare comparison app. In cases where an online taxi service only works with full-time workers, you may still facilitate rideshare passengers. and drivers with comparison app. Such drivers need to stay available at all times. Thus, the passengers can schedule a taxi ride through estimator app as well. 5. Unlimited Rideshare Collaboration Being a comparison app owner, you can add as many apps as would want. The integration of more apps would require more space at servers to

Rideshare Software to Implement Multiple Business Models

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How to Enhance User Experience in App for Taxi Service Blogs, Startup, Technology August 15, 2019 It has been over a decade since the ride-hailing companies started to emerge. The types of businesses and approaches of various companies differed resulting in rise of multiple business models. However, each of these businesses including Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno have one common factor – the entire business stands on rideshare software systems with mobile app-based interfaces. The swift developments in rideshare systems introduced certain business models. However, there is no standard nomenclature which can classify the models into distinct kinds. CabStartup makes this classification so that we can precisely explain the aim of every feature of our rideshare software to clients. Following are the three most generic models. Every ride-hailing business on planet falls into one of these three kinds.   On-demand Rides Uber introduced first ever globally recognized rideshare services in 2009. The initial services model offered on-demand taxi only. The notable distinctions of this model from traditional taxi businesses include: Booking a taxi through mobile app Privately-owned vehicles Ensuring pickup at passenger’s doorstep Uber with its on-demand taxi business went on a taxi disruption spree. Every state capital and other metropolitan areas adopted Uber quickly. As the competition heated up with the advent of Lyft in the US and other apps elsewhere, Uber incorporated more features. While initially it offered payment through credit card only, the service integrated multiple payment gateways later. Although the business model remained same for roughly the initial three years, yet the rideshare giant expanded its targeted niche with Uber Black, Uber Select, UberXL, UberSUV, and a bunch of region specific services. Out of all the services, on-demand Bike Rideshare Platform is or simply Uber MOTO deserves a separate. The service enables passengers to schedule a bike along with qualified rider who drives the passenger to desired location. Bike rides are gaining attraction for their small cost of operation allowing drivers and service provider to earn more. They are also ideal for customers who intend to save money. Lyft started with the same business model offering on-demand taxi as Uber in 2012. However, this startup based its marketing on touting its social responsibility efforts regarding assistance to drivers. This was significant because Uber drivers earned lesser while they worked more than Lyft drivers.   Carpool App Uber remained an undisputed ride-hailing giant for three years. It was impractical for a new startup to outperform Uber with the same business model and marketing. Thus, the model of Via was based on carpooling. In essence, it allowed passengers to book a seat in a ride instead of booking the entire vehicle. This idea worked for the following reasons: The average fare is lower as it is divided among each passenger in a ride. The average car occupancy in the US and UK is 1.67 and 1.59 persons, respectively. Carpooling earns support of administrations due to its ability to significantly reduce traffic. All of the on-demand taxi features except pickup from passenger’s doorstep. Routes are not fixed. Instead, they are dynamic depending on the pickup points and final destination. Although carpooling does not ensure to pick passengers precisely from their location every time, yet it does pick them from a nearby pickup – mostly located in a 500 meters radius. It rests on service provider of rideshare software to change the size of this radius. In some cases, customer’s location falls in the way of vehicle’s route. Dynamic routes imply that the path of ride would update each time when it accepts a request from a passenger. This feature ensures that a vehicle follows the most suitable path despite the fact that the pickup locations of passengers are spread. Carpooling model remained highly successful as it prompted Uber to adopt it in 2014. Uber branded its version as UberPOOL. Although Lyft introduced mobile app-based carpooling years later, yet its founders offered interstate rideshare pooling even before existence of Uber through Zimride.   Rideshare Software for Rental Rides Considering the success of on-demand economy, some of the existing rental companies as well as startups launched on-demand car rental services. These services differed from carpooling and taxi services in a number of ways: Vehicles in on-demand car rental model are used for short spans. A customer can acquire it for as low as 30 minutes. The driver is unavailable. Requesting party is responsible to drive the vehicle. However, some services offer driver upon request. Customers are able to unlock the vehicle using personal machine readable cards. Geo-fence or operational area is excessively large as compared to carpool or taxi services. Thus, customers can take the vehicle outside the city too. Enterprise CarShare, Cars By Hour, Zipcar, and Turo are some of the notable examples in the US which have implemented this model. There is a massive market for on-demand car rental services because people often require traveling to multiple locations within a relatively small time. If instead they choose to travel by taxi, the cost would be substantially higher. Choosing carpool would take far more time on average. Rideshare Software App for Bikes provides another variant. The only difference is that of type of vehicle. The bikes in rideshare businesses do not offer rider unlike on-demand bikes. Moreover, it is impractical to use bikes for long distance rideshare. This model gained immense popularity after the introduction of electric scooters. Both Uber and Lyft offer e-scooters now.   Ridesharing Management Software With rideshare businesses operating at such a broad scale, it is essential for service providers to have a flexible underlying rideshare platform. The providers would require scale up and integration of more features in future. For instance, if your company currently offers on-demand taxi, you would soon need to expand it to offer carpooling and rental rides too. This is because governments are aiming to adopt mobility-as-a-service model which implies integration of various business models into large-scale transportation networks. CabStartup is at the forefront of rideshare innovations occurred in the

Advanced Features for Ride Hailing Apps to Outsmart Rivals

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How to Enhance User Experience in App for Taxi Service Blogs, Startup, Technology August 9, 2019 Dozens of ride-hailing startups make their ways into the market every year. Although only a few of them manage to survive for over a couple of years, yet the competition is still getting tougher. Some essential features are unmistakable while others are complementing the existing features of a ride-hailing app. However, the fierce competition demands proactive approach to add even more innovative features which enable you to outperform the rivals. This article suggests five features whose adoption is going to be crucial for ride-hailing companies in the upcoming times. Three of these options are already being tested by ride-hailing giants like Uber.   Fullstack subscription If you own a ride-hailing business, there is a good chance that you might want to introduce another on-demand startup as well in the future. It is advisable to offer various services from same app to prevent customers from multiple-app overheads. Uber initially offered ride hailing app but started Uber Eats as a subsidiary. The two business models work independently in their respective domains. Each model has its own ride hailing apps to serve customers and drivers. However, Uber’s recent stint involves offering a range of previously independent services from primary Uber app. In essence, customers can now order food via Uber app originally meant for ride-hailing. This update received decent reception from customers who have lesser apps to manage. Uber successfully experimented mergers of its businesses in the past too. Apart from facilitating customers by providing all services through a single app, Uber is also starting to expand its subscription offers. With its first such subscription package, Uber offers free food delivery and jump scooter rides apart from discounted rides on other ride-hailing options. Lite Ride Hailing App As the competition between ride-hailing businesses is heating up, lite versions of apps are becoming essential. Research at Think With Google reveals that exhausting phone memory is the most frequent reason for users to delete an app. The study also noted same results for rideshare apps. A lite app is a variant of the original app consuming markedly lesser memory than the original version. For instance, Uber Lite consumes 5MB space on Android devices whereas original Uber app takes 180MB. In all, lite variants of ride-hailing apps offer following benefits. It consumes roughly 36 times lesser memory considering Uber for Android. Lite apps are compatible with older Android devices. Processing speed of lite apps is faster on older devices. However, lite apps provide only a limited functionality as compared to the regular apps. Still, it fulfills the essential needs of passengers. For instance, it provides a simple interface to book ride. Although the map for tracking drivers does not update in real time as in the case of regular app, yet it updates every 10 seconds or less. Besides, Uber Lite does not offer feature to change pickup location once added. While it offers communication through phone call, the feature for chat is absent. Nevertheless, feature for change of pickup point can be easily added during ride-hailing app development or later without costing a significant change in size of app. PIN for public places Both Lyft and Uber are testing a new feature which is aimed at reducing the wait time at airports or, for that matter, all public places. Instead of usual procedure where a passenger requests the ride and one of the nearest drivers accepts it, this ride-hailing app feature allows passengers to schedule the first available ride in queue at airport. The passenger shares unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) with the first available driver who then enters the PIN into s/he’s app. This way the two parties connect. Rest of the procedure is as usual. The feature enables rideshare services to serve passengers at airport in markedly lesser time as the vehicles are already available in queue. Besides, it would save costs and time of drivers as well who often have to travel miles before reaching the location of passenger. PIN feature is a win-win-win for ride-hailing service providers, drivers, and passengers. Uber for Healthcare Ambulances serve as the de facto standard for decades to drive patients to healthcare centers. The cost of ambulance includes patient care staff and healthcare equipment apart from the ride itself. However, research indicates that most of the cases where an ambulance services are sought do not pose a serious threat to patient’s life. Moreover, the statistics from the US urban areas reveal that time consumed by Uber is half of what an ambulance takes on average. Regardless of the knowledge about these statistics, urban residents are more inclined toward calling an Uber instead of an ambulance. One academic study supports this claim. It confirms 7% reduction in per capita ambulance seeking volume since advent of UberX. The significantly smaller costs and time consumption of ride-hailing services explain this shift. Considering the number of people seeking ride-hailing services to transport patients, it would be appropriate to keep a specific section in ride-hailing apps. Although you do not need to keep dedicated drivers to serve such ride requests, yet the driver would be in knowledge that the scheduled rider is a patient. The dispatch bot system for medical transportation software is essentially the same as that for ride-hailing systems. Cryptocurrency for Ride Hailing Companies The ride-hailing companies until now – and up to some point in future – are using centralized payment approach. In essence, they use services of third party payment gateway providers. These gateways include credit cards from banks and other online payment systems like PayPal and Stripe. Using this approach, they need to pay a percentage of earning to service providers. However, they can prevent a share of gateway providers by incorporating decentralized payment approach for your business. Cryptocurrency like Bitcoin offers the most effective decentralized method for ride-hailing apps. The giants in ride-hailing industry including Uber, Lyft, and Via in the US and those elsewhere are planning to

A Comprehensive Guide to Acquiring Taxi Management Software

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A Comprehensive Guide to Acquiring Taxi Management Software Blogs, Startup, Technology July 31, 2019 There are flexible options for taxi business owners and startup enthusiasts to choose the most suitable taxi management software. A range of software systems and platforms allows customers to acquire one which remains within their financial budget. CabStartup offers taxi dispatch platform as well as Uber app clone. The business owners who intend to acquire one of the modules separately use app clones. The details of platform are shared below.   Dispatch Platform Overview This is a complete cloud-based platform which includes apps for passenger, driver, a dispatch panel and an admin panel. Passenger App in Taxi Management Software The taxi companies and startups utilizing CabStartup platform provide their passengers with an app having easy interface and efficient software. The app has following features. Two-Tap Booking Frequent users of ride-hailing apps often travel to some locations more than the other. Thus, it is wise to offer them a quick booking option. The app for passengers allows them to tap onto of the suggested locations which appear once the passenger opens the app. First tap enables them to select the location while second tap confirms the request for ride. Proximity Search The app informs passenger about all the drivers located in the vicinity. This feature enables them to pick the most suitable ride depending on time and cost factor. For instance, the nearest ride may not be the cheapest one. Conversely, the passenger aims to schedule the cheapest ride which might be farther than expensive rides. Therefore, proximity feature provides flexibility in choosing the ride with suitable options. Encrypted Chat Privacy concerns are peaking for the past few years. Owing to the demands in GDPR for Europe and state legislations in the US, CabStartup offers encrypted chat. Thus, no third-party can access the driver-passenger chat remotely. The access requires acquiring permission from local transportation regulators. This encryption ensures excessive satisfaction for passengers. Real-time Tracking and ETA The passengers can track the ride in real-time once s/he schedules a ride. This GPS-powered technology shows the current location of driver with an error margin of less than a meter. ETA or estimated arrival time also keeps on updating as the driver approaches near. Both taxi tracking software and ETA are vital for time management at passengers’ end. The Driver of Choice Many passengers are more comfortable while traveling with some drivers than others. CabStartup platform also facilitates passengers to request the driver of their choice. This facility further enhances the flexibility of choosing the most appropriate ride after proximity search. Automated Fare Estimation Fare estimate is crucial for every passenger who intends to acquire economical rides. Irrespective of passenger’s intention, CabStartup passenger app provides automated estimation on fare before confirmation of each ride. The app also provides information on surge pricing. In essence, the fare might be higher at times due to excessive demand. In such times, the fare multiplies by a factor which is calculated using number of available rides and distance from passenger’s pickup location. Flexible Payment Options The app enables passengers to pay via one of the payment methods. Apart from credit card, the app also offers e-wallet which maintains credit on customer’s and driver’s end. E-wallet allows passengers to top-up their balance and use it until the existing balance exhausts. Ride-hailing companies offer passengers to pay via hard cash in some countries where passengers rarely use credit card. Thus, CabStartup also integrates option for hard cash payment. Push Notifications for Ride Status Once a passenger schedules a ride, the app notifies passenger with every update that s/he should know. For instance, the app alarms the passenger when the taxi approaches within one minute of pickup location and once it arrives. Moreover, passenger also receives notification for message from driver and for e-receipt after the ride ends. Rating and Feedback Feedback enables taxi and ride-hailing companies to improve services and eliminate the shortcomings. The app allows passengers to rate the driver from 1 to 5 inclusive. Apart from rating, it also allows passengers to leave a feedback. The structure of feedback feature is defined in such a way that each bad review goes to the administration which reassesses it to penalize or acquit driver accordingly. Accessing Trip History and Receipt The passengers are able to access history of each of their previous trips. This facility enables them to rate the driver and ride at some later point. Moreover, the feature also enables them to review their trip fare and complaint if they suspect an unjust charge. At the end of each trip, the app generates an automated email and a text message which are directed to the email address and phone number associated with passenger’s profile. Jump to: pricing structure   Driver App with Taxi Management Software The dispatch platform includes driver app which capacitates drivers to increase efficiency and earn more in lesser time. The most notable features of driver app are as follows. Real-time Route Optimization Driver app provides the most suitable route to passenger’s pickup location and then to the drop-off location. This AI-based route planner updates the route in real-time depending on the changing traffic volumes on various roads. The recommendation of route depends on multiple factors including traffic volume, distance to the intended location, and quality of roads. Eliminating Idle Time One of the most painful factors for taxi drivers and gig workers of ride-hailing companies is the excessive idle time before one gets a ride. CabStartup driver app informs drivers about other drivers in the vicinity. This ability allows them to relocate to a region within the geo-fence where demand is relatively higher. In this way, drivers can markedly reduce idle time. Automated Fare Split As per usual practices, a part of the fare goes to the taxi company while the rest of it is divided between driver and vehicle owner. Instead of grilling the administration in manually calculating share of each stakeholder, CabStartup automatically splits the fare. The

Is It Too Late to Acquire Rideshare Software App?

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Is It Too Late to Acquire Rideshare Software App? Blogs, Startup, Technology July 22, 2019 Many entrepreneurs fear that rideshare bubble is going to burst soon. They reason out that the number of services currently operating is already way too high to create room for another rideshare software app. However, the statistics from past two years indicate that rideshare boom is not going to end any sooner. In fact, such business will continue to emerge and sustain for decades. This article shares market analysis and consumer behavior as studied by credible firms in the past two years. It also reveals some of the rideshare services which emerged in the past two years or less and are on their way to glory. Consumer Behavior toward Carpool apps Unlike the widespread belief, average fare is not the only significant factor that drives passengers’ perception about a rideshare company. A number of studies and surveys conducted in the past couple of years indicate a number of factors that rule consumers’ minds while choosing one service over another. Public reputation. The percentage of Uber riders dropped significantly when the company faced scandalous allegations regarding sexual assault. Besides, the mistreatment of drivers allowed Lyft and other rideshare companies to jump in and build a narrative around ensuring ethical practices in employing drivers. Many companies capitalize on climate change to market their electric car or scooter rideshare services. Socioeconomic conditions. There is a good proportion of rideshare consumers who would prefer economy over luxury and reputation. Although major rideshare companies have more or less same fares, yet many new startups offer promotional discounts. Uber also heavily subsidized its rides every time when it was hit by allegations. The strategy worked for them as they won back a considerable market share. Regional Dynamics. The consumer behavior also varies depending on geographical location of a rideshare service. You should not expect bike-pooling or scooter sharing idea to impress in areas where temperatures are relatively high. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California are some of the examples. Besides temperature, population density also leaves huge impact. Carpooling service would most likely incur losses when each of the riders is kilometers apart. It would only be helpful if your business offers long distance ride sharing app.   Market Analysis for Rideshare Software Apps Private ownership of vehicles is rapidly declining as commuters are adopting rideshare model. Carpooling is not only successful for services with a small geofence. The startups offering interstate rideshare are also incredibly successful. Reuters reports that global rideshare industry would grow at over 20% between 2019 and 2025 to reach a market size of $220.5 billion. It is notable that this figure does not include ride-hailing market. Despite the introduction of a number of ride sharing services, the gap between demand and supply is growing. One cause of this increase is the lack of sustainable startups. Thus, the entrepreneurs with carefully crafted business model and efficient set of technology have the opportunity to acquire a part of growing market. Recent Success Stories Rideshare companies which started years back are not the only ones generating money. Scores of startups launched in less than two years back are raising millions. Following is a list of some startups which successfully acquired funding. It is notable that these are only a fraction of instances.   Dott Launched in late 2018, Dott managed to raise $56.6 million across two funding rounds in less than a year. The startup provides an app for dockless electric scooters. It is notable that the company is based in Amsterdam – the city known for excessive use of bikes. The success of bike highlights the significance of location. This startup might not be as successful as it is in The Netherlands. Young entrepreneurs need to ensure that they perform demographic analysis to identify interests of local population.   Hitch Many bikeshare startups tried to win a strong consumer-base in Texas but each of those were unwise investments. In the scorching Texas heat, passengers would rarely use bikes. Hitch is providing carpooling for relatively large distances in Texas. The startup offers intercity and inter-county travels. The first and only funding round raised $0.84 million for the startup since its inception in 2018. This initial success of Hitch rises from its business model which enables passengers to travel between Austin and Houston for $25.   Bird It is highly rare to find a startup that attains unicorn valuation in less than a year. Electric scooter rideshare startup Bird has done it across four funding rounds. The service was launched in Santa Monica in 2017 and quickly gained a considerable passenger-base. By June 2018, it valued at $2 billion. One of the top reasons for Bird’s success is its environment friendly narrative. The company has become an apple of regulator’s eyes in California. Its push for biodiversity preservation is selling successfully. Recently, Bird wholly acquired Scoot Networks.   Alto In a short span of less a year, this Dallas -based on-demand startup raised $14.5 million funding including a Series A round. The company started operations shortly after Uber and Lyft returned from a ban. It was widely believed that the startup would not be able to survive in presence of rideshare giants. However, it did survive and managed to gain a decent proportion of market share as well. One factor that helped Alto was its dedicated fleet of vehicles and full-time employment. While other ride-hailing companies face criticism for mistreatment of gig workers, Alto’s fulltime employment boosted its reputation. Moreover, the riders in Alto can customize traveling vehicle experience with multiple options. How to Start a Rideshare Program? Following factors are most crucial to start a successful rideshare startup. Market and consumer analysis for intended region. A comprehensive business model. User-friendly interfaces of driver and passenger apps. Highly fault-tolerant system with unparalleled speeds. Effective digital marketing with special emphasis to mobile marketing. The ability of platform to scale up with time for more features and capacity. Efficient quality assurance

How to Choose the Best Taxi App Development Company

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How to Choose the Best Taxi App Development Company Blogs, Startup, Technology July 17, 2019 Building a taxi business is often a once-in-a-life ambition for entrepreneurs. While the success can lead to a remarkable business, failure can discourages the entrepreneurs keeping them from making ambitious investment. Unfortunately, the failure rate is excessively high because most of the taxi app developers have inefficient software systems. This article emphasizes the approach to choose taxi app developer by assessing product utilization and efficiency. Besides, it also reveals the role of experience of working with various ride-hailing industries in the growth of a developer. Finally, it shares the unethical pricing strategies followed in the industry before sharing the pricing structure of CabStartup. Taxi Application Product Utilization The taxi and ride-hailing businesses have evolved since 2007 to reach the current state with a range of features. The intense state of competition makes some of the features indispensable. There is a considerable probability that the business would fail to grab even the slightest share in market without incorporation of these essential features listed below. Unique Accounts of Drivers and Passengers Real-time Tracking along with ETA Monitoring through Admin Panel Proximity checks for Drivers Multiple Payment Options In-app Communication Dashboards for Business Analytics Instant Digital Invoices Read details: CabStartup Product Features Apart from these essential features, some unique features help you in standing out of the crowd and outperforming the competitors. CabStartup introduced following set of unique features which are enabling startups and taxi companies in topping the charts of ride-hailing market share. Automation in Taxi Dispatching Driver and Passenger In-app Wallet Referral and Promo Campaigns Payment Gateway Integration Network Strength Access Control Level (ACL) Carpooling or Ridesharing Developing Brand Identity CabStartup provides each of these must-have as well as optional features across four software systems including Driver App, Passenger App, Taxi Dispatch Software, and Admin Panel. Taxi application Product Efficiency While the range of features defines the utilization of a product, the efficiency of platform reflects its performance. CabStartup offers a number of performance boosters which collectively ensure an outstanding efficiency. Cloud-based Platform The cloud hosted on best servers with zero down time ensures that the service never slows down regardless of the number of requests. The engineers regularly test our platform with varying degrees of workloads. These tests confirm that the platform is able to process hundreds of requests per second. It is also scalable so that the capacity can be augmented with increasing number of users. Besides stability, CabStartup cloud-based taxi mobile app software also provides economic benefits. The companies do not have to necessarily acquire entire suite. Instead, many small businesses are utilizing it for very limited number of drivers. The platform is free for two drivers as the charges are applicable from third driver or more. Route Planning and Optimization Regardless of how experienced a driver could be in taxi industry, one must have GPS-powered route optimization. The drivers might know the best routes in usual circumstances. However, there are times when some roads face extraordinary and unexpected blockades. Efficient route optimization software aids big time in such situations. CabStartup route planner shares information about traffic volume on various roads leading to destinations as well as road closure. It also provides predictive analysis on traffic situation with high precision so that drivers can plan route ahead of time. It is notable Uber clone apps are strictly-built with a fixed number of features. Many developers offering Uber clone app development face the inability of scaling up the app. Friendly Interface and User Experience Most of the users of taxi app platform are unaware of the technical details. It is a commonly occurring problem where an app with fancy interface and a bunch of animations make it tough for users to achieve what they are trying to accomplish with this app. Thus, the app needs to right balance between detailing animations and enhancing user experience. CabStartup platform ensures that the users have a seamless experience working with it. The driver and passenger apps have extensive interfaces with comfortable navigation. If you intend to rebrand the app, our designers assist in developing the logo and color scheme which is pleasant to the eyes of users. Taxi App Development for Various Industries Taxi and ride-hailing industry have multiple use cases. Apart from yellow taxis, black cabs and SUVs, the industry offers bike taxi, private drivers, and paratransit as well. Moreover, three-wheelers, minivans for shuttle services, and water taxis are also gaining popularity. One of the signs of top taxi app development companies is their experience of working with this wide range of use cases. The experience of working on different business models provides the exposure and insights into the industry. Moreover, each of these cases poses challenges. CabStartup has the privilege of working on each of the mentioned use cases. The remarkable success rate enabled us to drift on to the top of the industry. Unambiguous Pricing Model Many taxi booking app development companies share a vague pricing model when dealing with clients. This strategy allows them to charge massively as the project progresses. While this is unethical practice, it also increases the probability of failure when entrepreneur is facing a financial crunch. CabStartup has a crystal-clear pricing structure. You can get it through one-time payment. CabStartup does not charge for the first two drivers. The variation in price depends on the size of your fleet and number of additional features that you aim to incorporate. You can have a redesign of apps including app name, description and logo for $200 to build your unique recognition. The cost of payment gateway integration and customization is $3000 and $20, respectively. Besides, $50 for brand identity can have you attain a unique brand. Each of these figures is one-time payment. CabStartup offers its clients to test the platform before acquiring it. Access our complete technology suite today for 14 days-long trial. Related posts The Future of Super Apps Mobile app The Future of Super Apps Mobile app

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