Uber API Integration: a Step-by-Step Guide

 

You might remember the Greek myth of King Midas, who turned everything into gold with his touch. Well, we did not expose his magical abilities. But we offer you valuable insight on how you can add value to your business app.  

The market of the mobile application is quite crowded, and to stand out from the competitors might be challenging. Still, you can consider adding new features to your app, like taxi-hailing service.

For that, you do not need to reinvent the wheel. To empower your app with the taxi-booking feature, you can integrate the existing Uber API, and Ride Request Widget. Besides, with the new Rides SDKs, the development team will make such integrations easy and fast.

The numerous successful examples of Uber integrations, like Foursquare, Amazon Echo, and others, show us that this strategy works.

In this article, we are going to tell you about Uber successful collaborations with other businesses, benefits from Uber API integration, and a step-by-step guide to doing it.

Let us begin.

Key Uber statistic

Being present in over 600 across 65 countries, Uber remains the most popular taxi-hailing apps. The company is a dominant player, taking in 69 percent of U.S. ride sharing-market in June 2019.

Uber remains the most popular taxi-hailing apps

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But there is more:

The company's IPO raised $8.1 billion. ·    Uber's net revenue for 2018 was $11.3 billion

Image source: Businessinsider

Thus, Uber remains the most popular taxi-hailing app across the globe. Therefore, it gives exciting opportunities for mobile app owners.

Still, what benefits you can get from the Uber popularity?

Keep reading to find out.

Benefits from Integrating Uber API

As we said, Uber is a leading taxi-booking app that provides free API for all app developers. Now, let us find out what you will receive from such an integration:

Improve goods transportation. Uber API integration brings the opportunity for online shops and local retailers to build on-demand delivery solutions. 

Add geolocation tracking. You can use Uber API functionality to share and exchange the location. As a social networking project or a messaging service owner, you can empower your app with the feature of notifying users about their position in real-time.

Recently, we have integrated the geolocation feature to TransProLog, a logistic app from Brazil. The TransProLog users can control tower and know what is happening with the cargo in real-time. We also empowered the app with the built-in messenger. Visit our portfolio to learn about our other projects.

TransProLog

Reduce development time and cost. You can empower your app with Uber API without spending money on developing Uber-like taxi app from scratch. The Uber development team has already done a significant part of the infrastructure.

Solve user problems. If you empower your app with Uber features, you will solve the users driving issues by letting quickly get to their final destination. It would be exciting if your app users prefer to travel around the city or to eat out.

Provide ready-made business model. With Uber API well-built and organized infrastructure, you can receive deceits from the whole Uber's business model. This way, you gain access to the Uber drivers pool without holding meetings, signing agreements, and doing tons of paperwork.

When you know about all the benefits of Uber API integration, let us move on.  

Below, we share the most inspiring examples of cooperation with Uber.

The most successful examples of Uber API integration

Before digging into the Uber API integration success stories, let us clarify what API is.

The application programming interface or API is a set of rules by which the application components interact with each other. By using API, developers can transmit and pull the necessary data from the application. Besides, API helps to reduce the development time to create a consistent app across the platform.

Uber API had become public in 2014. In represents a fully functional platform including fair price estimate calculator, ride time estimate, car ordering, trip history, and so on.

Now, let us check Uber cooperation with other well-known companies and their benefits received from Uber API integration.

Amazon Echo

In 2016 Amazon has integrated Uber API to Amazon Echo, smart speakers connect to the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service Alexa. This integration enables Echo users to order an Uber by using simple commands as "Alexa, ask Uber to request a ride." This way, Echo and Uber cooperation allows bringing some Sci-fi experience to users' everyday life. 

Echo and Uber cooperation allows bringing some Sci-fi experience

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Jobcase

Jobcase, a job marketplace, integrated Uber API to showcase driver reviews. Because high-quality customer service is an essential differentiator for drivers in a competitive job market. 

Jobcase, a job marketplace, integrated Uber API to showcase driver reviews

Image source: Uber 

Now, Jobcase users can share their Uber experience and rating right on their profile by using /me endpoint. This way, Uber drivers receive a competitive advantage on the job market, as well as the opportunity to find the next employers if they look for the next step in their career.

Foursquare

Foursquare, a location platform, allows users not only checking the nearest china food restaurant but also to hail an Uber taxi in-app. Judging by increased Foursquare user activity/engagement, they love Uber integration:

For that, Foursquare and Uber cooperation are a win-win for both parties.

Stride

Stride, an online tax app, integrated Uber API to help Uber driver to increase the take-home earnings. By using the Strive Tax Calculator, integrated the Uber Drive API, drives receive a report with a breakdown of their income. Besides, they are informed about expected taxes and personalized recommendations on how much to set aside each week.

Stride, an online tax app, integrated Uber API

Image source: Uber 

By using Strive, Uber drivers keep 21% more of their earnings. The Strive services also helped driver-partners claim more than $60M in tax deductions.

TripAdvisor

As we know, TripAdvisor is a traveler website where users share their experiences with local businesses and attractions. But there is nothing more disappointing than no possibility to get to the museum you have dreamed wen planned the trip. And Uber fill this gap by providing TripAdvisor users a convenient taxi-hailing experience.

By integrating the Uber API, TripAdvisor started to provide a complete travel experience inside just one travel mobile app. Now, users can quickly get to their desired point in the unknown city. Moreover, TripAdvisor app users also can create a cheaper and simpler tailored tour around local Sights & Landmarks.

TripAdvisor app users also can create a cheaper

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Now, when you are aware of the most interesting Uber cooperation, let us move next.

Below we share how to integrate Uber to your app.

How to integrate Uber API to your app

There are different levels of Uber integration. For your mobile app, you can consider the following:

Button. The button is the easiest way to empower your app with Uber Request Ride feature. The button will display the fee for a ride and transfer your app users to the Uber app. This type of integration requests low efforts from your development team. On the other hand, the Button option provides zero customization options.

Deeplink. With this type of Uber integration, users can launch Uber from within your application. Deeplink also could be integrated very quickly to your app and customized to suit your app design and layout.

Client libraries. If you want to create your custom end-to-end experience for your users, you might consider this option. With the help of mobile developers, you can use Uber's SDK to empower your app with desired Uber features.

Webhooks. You can create an app like Uber and integrate it direly to rider's and driver's experience with reactive webhooks. Uber servers will send the Webhooks to your app. This way, your application can easily understand what action it may want to take based on the contents of the payload. For this type of integration, you might need help from mobile app developers.

Rest API. By using Uber's Rest APIs, you will receive a high level of customization options and integrate the power of Uber into your app. Currently, you can incorporate the following Uber APIs:

  •   Rush API. This type of Uber API is aimed at on-demand delivery services. The UberRush API is currently available in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.
  •   Rides API. By using the Rides API, your developers empower your app, making Uber requests on behalf of a user.
  •   Driver API lets your mobile development team create services and solutions that make the driver experience more productive. With the driver's permission, the developers receive access to driver profiles, including ratings, trip count, and account status from drivers, as well as driving activity – which includes the city, fare, distance, and duration of each trip. Currently, access to Driver Uber API documentation is limited.

Step-by-step Uber API tutorial

Below we describe the steps development team would follow to integrate Uber API to your app

Step 1. The team will check and research the Uber API docs and apply for Driver API access.

Step 2. Next, the developers will study the SDKs for Uber Android or iOS API integration.

Step 3. Then, they will register on the Uber Developer Dashboard.

Step 4. Install the corresponding Uber SDK for your mobile platform (Android or iOS)

Step 5. And finally, the team will set up the SDK and add the necessary functionality, such as the trip request button or any intention to book a ride predetermined by the app's navigation.

While Uber API integration might take up to four days, it brings unbearable advantages to your mobile application.

Uber API ideas for integration

Apart from Uber API use cases described above, you might consider such integration, if your business belongs to the following niches:

  •   Local food & grocery store

Solution: UberEats API. This service allows delivering food from restaurants to your customers using Uber cars.

UberEats API

  •   Logistic

Solution: Uber Freight. The Uber delivery API connects shippers and carriers for goods transportation. 

  •   Car repair, beauty industry, and other B2C businesses

Solution: Uber Vouchers. Uber Voucher, a part of Uber for Business API, allows companies to engage with their customers more and pay for their trips with vouchers.


Uber Voucher

  •   Business trips

Solution: Business Travel. The app enables organizations to control their workers' business trips expenditures and make their business trips more comfortable.

Business Trave

  •   Health care

Solution: Uber Health. This service for hospitals provides patients with convenient and reliable Uber services. 

  •   Events

Solution: Uber Events. This service allows arranging guests of your events flexible door-to-door transportation. You can also empower your event app with a feature "remind me to request Uber" to send the user notification beforehand.

  •   Hotels

Solution: Uber Central. Developed for hotel needs, Uber Central lets you deliver reliable rides to guests. The trip could be hailed immediately or scheduled in advance.

Conclusion

While Uber is a leader in the taxi-hailing market, it also becomes a competitive advantage for businesses who decided to integrate the Uber API. Such integration has a positive impact on user experience. The results of such cooperation are increased user engagement, average total, and raised users' loyalty.

If you want to provide your app users with the new experience and stand out from the crowd, you can integrate Uber to your app.

After choosing the degree of integration, the last thing is to hire the mobile development team to make this integration for you.

And The App Solution is here to help.

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