How to create a ride-sharing app? – that’s probably what Uber thought when they came up with the first-ever idea of people sharing car rides.
Now in 2021, car-sharing revenue is predicted to grow by 53%. And to think it all started with one man dreaming.
The last numbers confirm how dreams can be successful: more than 120 million monthly users worldwide in 2020 used Uber and its global competitors like BlaBlaCar, Lyft, and DiDi.
Given everything, we decided to share our knowledge about creating a ride-sharing app, the ride-sharing market analysis, and the core features that ridesharing apps must-have. Let’s ride into the global car-sharing world.
What is Ride Sharing?
Ridesharing is a service that helps passengers to find a one-way ride in a short period.
The most significant part of the sharing economy is that technology matches service or product owners with consumers.
Unlike the traditional model, where private companies own equipment, in this case, cars, the sharing economy model only facilitates interactions between individuals.
The drivers are car owners with the rideshare business model, and they are not registered with any taxi service company. The drivers are usually independent contractors. That is why rideshare companies don’t withhold taxes from drivers’ salaries, offer flexible hours, and allow a driver to work overtime.
Uber prevails in the global ride-sharing market, with a market share of 37.2% in 2019.
The second best is DiDi, with a market share of 32.4%.
The term ‘ride sharing’ suggests that passengers share a ride with a driver to a particular destination.
However, only a few use such a feature; most passengers prefer to ride alone. In such cases, ride-sharing may seem like it doesn’t differ from taxi services; nevertheless, there is a big difference.
Ride-Sharing Market Overview
The global ride-sharing market grew by more than 50% between 2020 and 2021. There are several key factors that influenced this: in the modern world, the younger generation doesn’t want to buy their car because of its cost and additional driver payments associated with its maintenance and parking.
In 2022, ride-sharing will be most prevalent in cities where vehicle ownership is expensive and less practical due to traffic jams and limited parking.
An interesting fact: New York, for several years now, has consistently held the position of the most expensive city with ride-sharing opportunities despite the ever-growing demand.
To prevent enormous traffic jams in New York, since 2018, the governing council has intentionally provided a limited car number, and a rideshare driver earns at least $17.22 per hour for Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing companies in delivering their sharing services. It’s good salary protection for a driver.
Source: Statista, Globenewswire, CNN
The market value grew to around $117 Billion in 2021. There are three global leaders in the ridesharing industry: DiDi, Uber, and Lyft.
Experts say the global ridesharing market will be worth $218 billion by 2025. This robust growth will be in each world continent, such as
- North America
- Asia Pacific
Difference Between Ride-Sharing and Taxi Services
With ride-sharing, passengers can find a ride via a mobile app.
A ride-sharing app finds the closest available car and matches it with a passenger.
Passengers know instantly when a vehicle will arrive and, based on this information, can accept or decline the ride with a driver. They don’t have to wait for a taxi with a driver to appear on the street to hail it or call a taxi company and wait 15 minutes for the car to pick them up.
With taxis, passengers don’t get to choose how much they want to pay, plus they usually don’t even know how much the ride will cost them.
Ride-sharing apps allow passengers to choose what type of car with a driver they want – a budget or a luxury one. Secondly, passengers are always informed about the ride price before getting into the car.
Ride-sharing mobile apps let users pay with a credit card and not worry about having enough cash for a driver. Most ride-sharing mobile apps allow users to leave tips for a driver to be paid with their credit card.
There are three main types of apps where passengers can share either a ride or a car with a driver:
- Ride-sharing apps
With ride-sharing, passengers determine the destination. Ridesharing doesn’t always have to be shared with other passengers. It can just be a great alternative to a taxi. Although, the main benefit of ride-sharing apps for passengers is that they can share fares.
Examples: Uber, Lyft, DiDi, Grab, Curb.
- Car-pooling apps
With carpooling, the driver is the one who decides on the destination; the passengers are just riding along to the same goal – often, they’re intercity trips. Carpooling can be for free or for a fixed fee.
Examples: BlaBlaCar, Carma Pooling, Waze Carpool.
- Peer-to-peer car-sharing apps
Peer-to-peer car sharing is a practice where a car owner or company rents out their vehicles for a fixed price and a specific time frame.
Both renters and car owners can take advantage of such a model. Renters don’t have to go to a specific car service to rent a car. Renters can find a nearby car, and car owners can profit when they’re not even using their car.
This type of ride-sharing is especially popular with travelers.
Examples: Getaround, Turo, Zipcar, RelayRides, Hertz.
Top 5 Ride-Sharing Apps
There are a lot of key players in the ride-sharing economy. In the USA, the key players are Uber, Lyft, and DiDi; in Europe, BlaBlaCar. Let’s take a closer look at them.
Uber was initially founded as UberCab in 2009 by Garrett Camp and Travis Kalanick. Originally, UberCab was launched as a luxury car ride service. An Uber mobile app was officially launched in 2011 in San Francisco. Now it’s used for both iOS and Android.
In 2020, Uber had 93 million users monthly in the United States. Uber operates in more than 70 countries, with more than 7 billion driver trips carried out. Uber will share over 69% of all sharing providers at the end of 2021.
Lyft is another major San Francisco ride-sharing company founded in 2012, the year after Uber. This rideshare company operates in 644 cities in the USA and 12 cities in Canada. It’s also used for iOS and Android users.
Lyft has a 31% market share, making it the second-biggest player after Uber uses it for iOS and Android. In 2020, Lyft generated more than $3.5 billion in revenue worldwide. In the first quarter of 2021, the global revenue was $609 Million.
The Chinese rideshare company DiDi was also founded in 2012 in Beijing. DiDi raised $21.2 billion of funding in total. In 2016, due to Uber’s expansion to China, DiDi decided to buy out Uber China for $35 billion. In its turn, Uber acquired a 15.4% stake in DiDi. It’s also used for iOS and Android.
A Singapore-based ride-hailing company, Grab is a critical player in the Southeast Asian market. This service company was founded in 2012 and worked in over 55 cities across Southeast Asia.
An interesting fact about Grab is that the rideshare company works with both private car owners and taxi drivers.
Grab raised $10.1 billion of funding in total. Concerning future investments, Alibaba is planning to invest $3 billion in Grab very soon.
Grab Transport Page
Curb is one of the youngest ride-sharing companies globally and in the USA. This rideshare was founded in 2007 in Long Island City, New York. The Curb mobile app was released before the Apple App Store was created. Now, it is ranked in the Top 50 for “Travel & Tourism” in the App Store and Google Play. It’s not used for Android. Overall, Curb raised around $40.7 million in 13 years.
Curb Mobility Page
Steps on How to Start a Ride Sharing Business
It is easy to get stuck in the idea stage of a project.
Knowing how to create a ride-sharing app can be an eye-opener since you will have an idea about:
- development cost
- overall product development process
We’ve gathered the critical steps that all our customers have always taken to set the production in motion. So, we’re ready to have a share of essential steps.
Analyzing the Competitive Landscape
The first thing that all startuppers and entrepreneurs should always do is research their competitors. Who knows? Maybe your idea has already been implemented the way you see it to be. The competitive analysis gives an insight into
- competitors’ unique value propositions (UVPs)
- how well competitors’re doing
These are essential things to know before building a startup from scratch.
Make sure to research both direct and indirect competitors. Direct competitors are the ones who offer the same products/services to the same target audience as you do. Indirect competitors are the ones who provide not the same products/services as you do but to the same market. In both cases, you need to come up with a UVP.
Identifying Your Product’s UVP
We learned after building an Uber-like ride-sharing mobile app: there is no way you will succeed if you’re building a complete Uber clone. Answering how to start a rideshare company, remember to make your passenger service