Nowadays, mobile devices are integrated into our lives so much that new startups are focusing on mobile users first. With monsters like Uber, Lyft, and other app-based taxi startups are disrupting the traditional way how people get around in cities.
In fact, Lyft, the ride sharing app is testing their new service called ‘Shuttle’ in San Francisco and Chicago to allow riders to go to a specific location, ride on a set route, and get off at any number of drop-off locations.
This service involves a fixed rate fare that does not surge with demand like normal lyft pricing. It runs during regular commuting hours which is between 6:30 to 10 AM, and 4 & 8 PM on weekdays.
Basically, the Lyft users who aren’t nearby of its test routes won’t notice any difference within the ride sharing app (Lyft), but once the user goes anywhere near a shuttle route will be able to see Shuttle feature with the line booking option.
Ride Sharing? What Is It Exactly?
After the success of Uber and Lyft, ride sharing is on everyone’s lips now, but the question is:
What exactly does it mean by ride sharing?
According to the definition of ridesharing, the basic idea of this service is to reduce the travel expenses for the driver, and provide a cheap transport service for the passenger.
Now, let’s overview the main types of ride sharing:
In this type, the driver publishes his/her route and date of journey in advance, and passengers can then apply for this trip. (this type has usually long distance trips between cities).
This type involves travelling for short distance trips (mostly within the city), where search for matches between driver and passenger in real time.
Participants agree among themselves for regular journeys like riding to workplace together.
Today, the most popular types are traditional ridesharing and real-time ridesharing, which is the advance taxi booking service.
In traditional ridesharing, there isn’t any difficulty for the driver to post the route in advance. After that, s/he will be able to find travel companions for the trip and save on expenses.
However, in traditional ridesharing, the driver isn’t maximizing any profits, s/he is just covering a part of expenses with the help of passengers.
Real-time ridesharing, on the other hand, has complexity. Time is the main factor here, and the driver can not accurately predict the time in advance. Time for meeting with a passenger may take longer than the journey itself. And, from a passenger’s point of view, there is no guarantee that they’ll always find a driver.
Now, if you decide to create a ride sharing app, you have to know what exactly you want, in addition to what benefits drivers and passengers will get. Right now, all main directions of ridesharing is covered by the big players such as Uber, BlaBlaCar, and Lyft. So, you’ve to figure out a way how will you compete with them.
Moreover, different type of ride sharing services require different type of ride sharing apps. For instance, the app for traditional ridesharing service doesn’t need to have sophisticated navigation functions.
Similarly, when it’s the matter about developing ride sharing apps like Lyft or Uber, you’ll have to solve different tasks. You’ll need a navigation system so advance, which can make your app extremely convenient to use by end-users.
However, now that the ridesharing market is few years old, it wouldn’t make much sense to create a ride sharing app like Uber or Lyft exactly. This is why, it’s better to experiment with different ideas, consult with development companies to discover new opportunities within the market.
Once you come up with your idea for on demand app like Uber or Lyft, find a well-established mobile app development company that has worked with several on-demand startups, and take the first step towards establishing your own on demand startup.