Coolest Features & Cost To Develop A Route Planning App

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Ugh…this freaking traffic. I wish I knew this route would be jammed due to construction work. Phew!

In metropolitan cities, many people chant the above sentence at least once a day. Driving from a suburb or neighborhood city, people sometimes even lose track of their route. What does it cost them? Time and more fuel. Above all, in emergencies, God forbid, it can cause more than that.

Many thanks to the multi-stop route planner apps, helping us take the best route. These apps are a fusion of the Global Positioning System and mobile technology. App users can easily navigate through their journey even in whole new territories. Users can interact with the map, pin their current and destined location, know what’s coming on their way, and more. The best part, everything is accessible at their fingertips.

Many of us use Google Maps regularly. It lets us explore nearby Gas stations, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, parks, and more. We can save and rediscover the routes we have been on based on our location history. Using location histories, Google Maps also automates our commute predictions. It helps to take the fastest way avoiding heavy traffic. Plus, by planning routes, we can download offline maps as well.

As interesting as it sounds, it offers opportunities for tech-savvy entrepreneurs’ minds. Komoot for cycling, hiking, & mountain biking, Waze for traffic alerts & live navigation, and delivery business Circuit Route delivery route planner app; these are just a few apps. The navigation app market is more significant than your imagination, filled with varieties of dedicated premium and free routing apps.

Triggered by a whim to develop a route planning app like Komoot? Wait, give a read to this first.

So, why would people use your app? This is the question on your bucket list. You need to answer it with your route planner mobile app development. You can analyze existing GPS tracking apps and what needs to be revised in those apps. You can also create an app dedicatedly for delivery drivers, riders or hikers, or to offer turn-by-turn voice navigation.

Regardless of the app type, make sure it offers bells and whistles coming ahead on this blog. The practice will ensure the loud success of your mobile routing app.

Benefits of Route Planner App You Must Uphold

  • Optimize and automates routes for users while they ride with GPS,
  • Alert users about hazards, obstacles, police activity, and other issues in real-time,
  • Recommend instant routing changes to dodge traffic and save time,
  • Show ETA based on live data,
  • Suggest nearby and cost-effective gas station,
  • Allow users to connect the app with their car’s display,
  • Voice route instruction mode to guide users while driving,
  • Offline map download facility to get going even when the internet connection is weak.
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Interesting Features To Develop a Route Planning Mobile App

  • Authorization and User profiles:

A personal user account on your routing app will help you and users both. Users can leave notes, review, and communicate with others on their route. Contrary, you can utilize their data to render a personalized user experience. In your navigation app like Komoot, it would make it easier to build trust between users — because they could see who shared the details they follow.

  • Carpooling:

The Waze app has this incredible feature that lets drivers see users who are going in the same direction. Drivers can share their rides using the carpool feature, plus the cost of gas with the rider. In addition, the app automatically debits carpool users’ credit cards or bank accounts.

  • Google Calendar:

For a routing planner app, integrating Google calendar is beneficial. First, your users can synchronize their calendars with your app to list upcoming trips and locations. Then, when they open their calendar, they can jump right into navigation by tapping places they have entered.

  • Spotify:

You can also integrate the widely used music app like Spotify into your app. This way, your users can keep the tunes going while driving. In addition, they can access Spotify playlists inside your app quickly.

  • Social media:

Yet another vital and fruitful integration for routing apps is social media. You can allow users to share destinations, distribute directions, and see where their friends are. Doing so will raise your app engagement rate and hook users to your app.

  • Drive Routing:

Suppose your user has multiple stops to attend and needs a route, helping him cover all stops in the least amount of time. For such users, build a drive routing feature, allowing them to enter their spots and get the optimized route covering them all.

  • Rerouting:

A driver can stumble upon a road accident or make a wrong turn that takes them off the direction. There, your GPS app must reroute them to accurate directions straightaway.

  • Voice instructions:

Ask your developer to use Google Maps Directions API in your app to allow your users to use voice navigation. The API lets users choose a voice from the list and instantly apply it to get directions by voice.

  • Gamification:

Gamification is quite popular in route planning applications. It uplifts user experience and glues them with the app. Famous gamification in such app includes:

Points system:- Whenever users contribute any road information, they earn points. Points may vary depending on the activity. Whoever has more points gets a high rank in the app community. It will stimulate users to update real-time information the next moment they see it. Thereby, your app manifests accurate data.

Mood:- Empower users to set a mood using emoji for other users when they have enough points.

Lollipop or Candy:- When a user touches another level of points, show them candy instead of a location pin symbol. It denotes they have to drive to where the candy is located and earn more points.

“Beep Beep:-” Make it more fun for your users with the “Beep Beep” feature like Waze that your users hear within the app when another driver reaches near them to greet them.

How Much Does It Cost To Develop A Route Planning App?

Route planner mobile app development undergoes a series of processes, including:

  • Product Discovery
  • Add must-have & advanced features
  • Integrating social media into the app
  • Add voice instruction and ensure it plays at the right moment
  • Build gamification features
  • Design app user interface and experience
  • Test and make the app bug-free
  • App publication on Google Play & Apple Store
  • Post-development

For the mentioned-above processes, you need a technology partner with a long-term relationship. And the cost of developing a route planning app from scratch with must-have features is about 20000 USD to 25000 USD. Many aspects can alter the price, like complexity, technology stack, and developers’ location.

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