Uber is a simple concept and here we are not essentially talking about the ride-hailing service rather the idea that made it so popular and successful in the world. A few years ago, it was impossible for anyone to imagine riding with a complete stranger to get to a workplace or go shopping or out to a restaurant. Now everyone is ditching their vehicles and going on Uber, Lyft or Careem to get to their desired place.
The same concept can be applied to many other scenarios which are applicable in our daily life. For instance, instead of calling a cab directly at your home, you can opt for public transport by reserving a seat on the bus going to the place you want to go. This concept is being implemented by Swvl and Airlift, both startups have received a huge round of funding for their idea.
Similarly, we can apply the idea to other situations where we just have to stay at our home and get an app to do all the work with a few taps. Let us see some situations where this is applicable:
Groceries at Home
Instead of going out to Walmart or any other grocery store, simply use an app to get the desired items delivered at your home. This app will be for both iOS and Android employing the use of an E-Commerce stack integrated with delivery methods to get items delivered at your place. The biggest advantage of this is that you are saving fuel as well as the time taken for travel to the shop in question.
Amazon and big E-Commerce retailers are shifting towards grocery delivering since this segment is almost utilized by every household. Conventionally it has been done by going to the shop and selecting the items but let’s say you are prepping up a dinner for guests and you are on a tight schedule and in this case, you need something. Simply use the app and file a request to get the item delivered at your home, saving your precious time.
Uber for Blood Donors
Another important use case of the Uber idea is an app for Blood Donors. Many a time, you will find yourself in a situation where you urgently require blood for a medical treatment say an Open-Heart Surgery. At this critical situation, you can’t afford to waste any time so how about an app in which people of all blood groups are already signed up for the donation of blood.
The app will store the location of each donor and the blood type as well as the hemoglobin count from a recognized medical report submitted by the Donor. When a recipient files a request, the app will ping all donors within that specific district and if they opt for blood donation at that particular time, the app will connect both the recipient and donor in real-time using Google Maps API or Bings Maps or any other as needed. It’s an incredibly simple idea which can be further extended to include platelets or any other required items for a medical procedure as and when required.
Skilled Labors at Home
Just imagine that you are at home one day and the electricity goes out for one reason or another. Instead of searching the city for a reliable electrician, considering your trusted one is not available, you could just pop up your phone and file a request for an electrician.
Skilled Labors can be hired on an hourly or per-project basis for everyday tasks. Whether it is event decoration or management to cooking for guests or even painting a particular room of your house, a mobile app can connect you with the desired workers whenever you need them. The app can work in 2 different ways, either you can select from the available workers within a specific category or you can file a request of the job you want to be done and state you budget. In the latter case, the workers will bid on the job at hand and the competing bid wins and does the job for you. All this is handled by the mobile app and cloud server which will connect you and the bidders in real-time.
If you are in a medical emergency, an app can connect you with all the available ambulances in the area. This use case is particularly useful if there is not a robust emergency network in your district. The ambulance drivers will have an app operating 24/7 and whenever a user in the district needs help, he or she will file a request on the app and the ambulance and reach the location using the Maps API. Not only is this a more efficient way since the user location is being shared in real-time but also gives the user an idea of the waiting time of the ambulance in a particular location.
Car-Sharing at Office Timings
Say you travel to work in your own car. From 9 to 5, your car is waiting in the parking area and it is fairly useless. Why not earn extra cash during this time by deploying it elsewhere? Through carsharing, people can use your car to get to places at the time you don’t need it. You can specify the time in the app when you don’t need the car and any user can unlock it from the app and take it to his or hers desired location and bring it back before time. This will help you earn from your car when you are not using it.
Another concept extending ride-hailing is offering a lift to people who are going to the same or near to the location you are going. Say if you are going to work and you specify your location in the app, any user going to that location can hop on with you and then the cost will be split between you and that user. Since each car can accommodate up to 4 people and you are the driver, you are essentially getting paid just to get to work.
These are simple concepts which can be applied in real-time for a huge impact in our daily life. If you like any of the ideas above and would like to get an app developed, reach out to us for a quote!