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E-Scooter App Development: How to Build Scooter Sharing App

As you have probably noticed, the interest in e-vehicle usage is booming today. As a result, people are relying more and more on the benefits of modern solutions. This is not surprising!

 Technology is being perceived as a deliberate way to facilitate your daily processes. Contrary to ordinary vehicles, electric scooters reduce traffic congestion, offer greater convenience in operating and ease of mobility at an affordable price. They are even commonly used for personal entertainment, just a way to unwind from the daily bustle.

Anyway, the development of robust electric scooter software includes specific steps:

  1. Our first purpose is to uncover what hardware an e-scooter is composed of;

  2. The next part addresses the main features of the e-scooter app core and admin panel to develop a robust web application;

  3. We will conclude by presenting the pricing framework of the app's development so that you will have a fuller picture by the end.    

Ready to dive into the primary specifics of building a properly functioning scooter-sharing app?

We welcome you to take a look at some crucial points to bear in mind.               

 

What Hardware Do You Need?

 

The correct engineering hardware influences the rate of revenue growth. The fewer issues a client has, the better the customer experience. Therefore, before scooter sharing app development is launched, specific hardware must be added to the e-scooters. 

So, the basic scooter hardware kit consists of :

  • GPS; 

  • Battery meter;

  • Distance meter;

  • Alarm.

GPS is the primary function of the scooter’s tracking system. So whether users need to define their exact location or owners need to keep track of their fleet via the web admin — GPS serves a primary function here.

The battery meter shows users the remaining battery capacity. This component acts as a reminder of when the device needs to be recharged.       

Distance meters measure the mileage of the e-vehicle to calculate the total distance covered in each ride.  

An alarm is an essential security measure. An embedded device is usually paired with a remote control to activate or deactivate your scooters.

We believe the hardware listed above is the most essential set to be applied.       

 

E-Scooter App Core Features

Different scooter applications have a unique, customizable kit. Depending on the software development team and the core features, integration to ensure seamless functioning - details may differ. However, the basic ones necessary to achieve operational efficiency and user functionality are as follows.        

Maps

These are used when users need to find a scooter near their location. Map integration is possible on both Android and iOS devices. The only difference for developers is using the Google Maps API for Android-operated devices and the MapKit framework for iOS platforms.

Real-time GPS tracking

This feature lets you find the scooter’s location and monitoring of the route to the destination point in real-time. Such an option is advantageous and quickly performs multiple tasks at the same time.  

Ride Stats

By adding a ride stats feature, users can monitor their travel statistics and upload data directly from the app. In the case of contentious situations, users may rely on the data the scooter records. Developers can incorporate better user efficiency by adding route suggestions. This seems to have become an essential function of the electric scooter app.         

In-app Navigation

Built-in navigation is meant to provide the best route for the scooter, along with prioritizing the customer’s safe journey on the roads. The integration of this feature will offer more inclusive options. 

In-app Payment

If you are into building a profitable scooter rental app, payment opportunities are a must. Users shouldn’t need to put any effort into paying for the service. Instead, this feature will allow them to pay directly via the app. 

The most common integrated payment gateways are PayPal, Braintree, or Stripe. If you work with Android, the last payment method offers its libraries for implementation. In IOS systems, you can utilize the Stripe SDK. 

Turn Lights On/Off

It is convenient when your app is programmed to manipulate the scooter’s light button. For example, just tapping on the menu screen will turn the lights of the scooter on or off. Minor automation features like this will help to acquire more customers. 

Favorite Destinations

Engage a greater audience by offering a feature that offers a  favorite destination route. Each time users open the app, they will see a separate tab with their most visited places. Whether it is home, work, or a favorite restaurant in the list - this feature simplifies app-user interaction. 

View Where Vehicle is Parked

The mentioned GPS function is used to view where an e-vehicle is parked. The less time the customer wastes on searching for the scooters’ location, the greater the chance your application has of beating the competition.   

 

 

Admin Panel Features For a Scooter App

 

A user-friendly interface should contain features that are aligned with customer priority requests. The interfaces of electric scooter apps are represented in the form of an admin panel. The purpose is to provide both users, employees, and developers with a management tool to make sure the application is working as intended. Now, please take a quick look at the features we assume are essential and so should not be skipped.         

Customer Management Dashboard

All the activities of each customer should be collected into one dashboard. Every detail regarding user information, such as name, ride history, payments, vouchers, and anything related to it, can be viewed directly through this dashboard.    

   

Station Management

By using the station management feature, users can view the number of vehicles available at any particular parking station. An option allows for the addition or removal of stations on the personal dashboards if required.  

Vehicle Management

This feature is designed to manage e-scooters details and receive notifications. Hence, users can add e-vehicle photos or descriptions, view the state of charge indicator, or track them.

Ride Management

Using the ride management feature, users can view their trip history, search for past ride details or track ongoing trips if needed.  

Payment Management

The capability to manage payment-related customer details is the primary purpose of this feature. In addition, this section may include the option of trip cancellation or applying for refunds in the case of inappropriate customer service.  

Add Coupons & Promotions

Managers should add and manage different coupons, set promo codes and offer discounts to a user’s account. By focusing on your customer, such an opportunity is one of the best ways to keep current users loyal to your app. By implementing this form of incentive, you are likely to get more new users as well.  

Feedback

Needless to say, the feedback option can improve your app's functionality. This section allows users to leave their comments and express a personal opinion. As a result, customers' comments can be taken into account when upgrading, and they feel like they are part of your team.  

Support Chat

This primary contact option to the customer service department is necessary to respond to negative feedback or resolve technical scooter issues. Your team should be readily available to offer possible solutions instantly. Customer care and help options are mandatory to the implementation of any platform that provides services. 

More Advice

Successful examples such as  Lime and Bird's e-scooter, serve as the baseline to make your app stand out above the competitors. All the aforementioned features have helped to give their brand broader popularity. 

For instance, Lime has equipped its app with secure payment gateway integration, QR-code scans to lock and unlock e-vehicle, and the capability of finding the nearest scooter. Alternatively, Bird is famous for the same notable attributes along with real-time GPS tracking, maps, and smart locks.   

Evaluate the existing competitors, learn from their experience, and review the parts you think will help your app get even more scalability, and you’re on your way! 

 

Electric Scooter App Development Cost 

 

When it comes to project costs, the determining aspect is the functionality of the technology stack. In general, the list of offered functions influences the total initial investment. It is also important to note that pricing models are diverse and will depend on the development company's location and hourly rate. 

However, the design and development team for both Android and IOS apps takes similar hours for both the customers' and developers' sides. So, this factor we can exclude from the overall assessment.

Hence, we can take a look at the price framework below, to understand how long each feature will take in an approximate number of hours.

App Core Features

Development hours

Map integration

16-24

Real-time GPS tracking

16-24

Ride Stats

8-16

In-app Navigation

32-40

In-app Payment

16-24

Turn Lights On/Off

2-6

Favorite Destinations

8-16

Vehicle's location (View Where Vehicle is Parked)

4-12

Admin Panel Features

Development hours

Customer Management Dashboard

32-40

Station Management

8-16

Vehicle Management

16-24

Ride Management

24-32

Payment Management

16-24

Add Coupons & Promotions

16-24

Feedback

4-8

Support Chat

4-8

 

Based on our technical stack presented above, prices can start from $40K. Further, depending on the range of app features, the cost can be exceeded or trimmed back. The offered above functionality takes from 3 to 12 months on average. 

Note that this estimation includes the entire application development process, from the preparatory planning stage to the front-end, back-end, and architecture setup. Any possible additions or updates will affect the time taken and expenses correspondingly. 

As you can see, any final quote is reliant on the preferred app features and hourly rate of an experienced development team. 

 

Bottom Line

 

The E-scooter domain in the market is becoming more and more diverse in the consumption and production sectors. The growing interest in better forms of transportation encourages customers to try out the latest offerings. As a result, businesses can try their hand at realizing easy profits and then start new projects. Our mission is to fill all gaps to help achieve these goals faster. 

Building a scalable scooter-sharing app encompasses a thorough analysis from both sides. As we already know, contrary to the user's demands, the development process should help businesses to thrive. Our experienced team is ready to become a full-cycle product assistant to cover all associated means on that account.   

Based on the clarification of the required e-scooter app core features and technical stack components, it is now easier to dispel any doubts about starting your rental app project.    

You have enough information now to be able to launch a project on building an innovative mobility platform. So get on your scooter and take a ride! 

FAQ

From 300 – 1500 person-hours or half to one year is necessary to create a scooter-sharing app. It is crucial to include all the normal full-cycle app development stages - from initial planning to final deployment.

The pricing tables vary on whether it is an outsourcing or product company. Usually, by ordering our services, the cost of the total package will start from $40.000. 

Under typical circumstances, we suggest thinking about the equipment hardware, then the scooter’s safety measures, and core features of both the app and admin panel. To avoid confusion later in the project - this information will be helpful to obtain beforehand.

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