German car-sharing platform releases a mobile app for iOS and Android
Owning a car in the city is not always profitable or convenient, and so CiteeCar, a German car-sharing platform, was launched to offer low-cost car solutions to customers. They are an innovative hybrid of traditional car rental services and independent car sharing providers, and were looking to launch an integrated multi-platform mobile app on iOS and Android to make their services more accessible. So, they teamed up with us at Concise Software.
CiteeCar at a glance
CiteeCar profits from typical car rental benefits as they own the cars and set the prices, as well as from the community benefits of car sharing. Customers can rent a car by the hour, but the maintaining and parking of the car is taken care of by a peer “host”; a member of the CiteeCar community rather than a CiteeCar employee.
While rental locations for pickups and returns are setup by CiteeCar, anyone who owns a parking spot can be the “host” and offer parking space for CiteeCar customers. This way, CiteeCar users get free parking spots all over the city, and “hosts” get free time to use CiteeCar. CiteeCar itself profits from this business model by offering low rental prices to their customers.
There are already over 600 cars (Kia Rios) in Berlin, Hamburg, München, Frankfurt and Ruhrgebiet alone. CiteeCar can also be found in Essen, Bochum, Gelsenkirchen and Dortmund.
CiteeCar’s new iOS and Android smartphone apps are the most efficient way to utilise this car sharing platform. Besides offering the standard finding and booking of CiteeCar options, booking management and information about CiteeCar-stations, the app also offers a wider range of value added features.
These features include a “zoomable” map and information about the distance to the next CiteeCar based on current location, or you can track when there will next be a car available for you.
It also allows you to choose between your favourite cars, making it faster and easier for you to book your car. Furthermore, the app offers one-click-booking so that you can book your favourite car quickly.
Finally, the smartphone app offers other features such as account details for members, CiteeCredits status for CiteeHosts, reporting and feedback options and an embedded direct link to the hotline.
One of our Concise Software teams worked for several months on this project, making sure that both the iOS and Android app maintain the best possible quality and help this new German startup to satisfy the needs of their users and potential customers.
The CiteeCar app works based on communication with an API client. Both apps have integrated Google API Places for storing addresses, as well as Google Tag Manager and Appsee for monitoring user activities. Parse.com is embedded in the app to coordinate the sending of notifications to the user.
However, there are some important differences between the Android and iOS app. While the Android CiteeCar app adapts Google Maps to interact with the user and controls localisation with Google API Directions, the iOS app uses its native MapKit for both features. The iOS app is also written completely in SWIFT language and handles pin-clustering with an outside library.
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