Several companies promise a dream of never having to pay visit to a gas station again have. In fact, on demand fuel delivery services have popped up in a few of cities in California. On demand fuel delivery service is already a hit among Londoners.
How it works?
They are app-based services and work like Uber for fuel. That is, a person who needs to refuel his vehicle without visiting a fuel station, downloads and registers on the app.
Then he requests gas delivery by taping a button on the location-aware app he just downloaded.
The app tags the location where his car is. The person can also manually select a location if he and the car needs refueling are at a different location.
The fuel truck driver with his own app can navigate to the tagged location with the help of inbuild map on his app.
He will refuel the car while taking care of all safety regulation and compliances. The amount gets deducted from the payment method he opted for at time of request.
Building the fleet
A major part of creating an on-demand fuel delivery solution is building an infrastructure—the grassroot level of work, which again requires building a fleet of fuel trucks.
The trucks must adhere to regulatory and safety compliances in the jurisdiction you’re operating the business in.
In California alone, the fuel carriers in your fleet needs approval by both California Weights and Measures agencies, the Department of Transportation, the highway patrol, and multiple fire marshals and departments after thorough review and inspection.
To make your infrastructure future proof, the infrastructure must span all sorts of fuels and not just Gasoline and Diesel.
Tesla has brought electric cars quite in mainstream. The same goes for vehicles that run of compressed or liquified natural gas.
Once the fleet is ready to operate, you must start building an IT infrastructure around your physical infrastructure.
Creating the infrastructure
Building an IT infrastructure to realize an on-demand gas delivery solution work is more complicated than building one to realize a fleet of taxis.
While for taxis, mere on-board GPS, even on-device GPS is enough to cover the entire operations, from rider to driver, a fuel carrier needs to report a lot of additional information to the handler or the driver (depending upon the information) and must act upon on its own too in addition to performing its Uber like function of on-demand delivery app.
GPS alone can’t report the multifaced information and thus carriers must be equipped with additional set of hardware or software workarounds to report the additional set of information to the handler.
IoT devices are all around from public domain to our home. They can connect to the internet directly, draw minimum amount of power, can report vital statistics in real-time, can interface with mobile apps/ devices, and are low cost.
‘Beacon’ is a Bluetooth LE IoT device that can run for years on a single button cell.
Smart IoT devices equipped with essential sensors and actuators and connected to the internet can do essential reporting of fuel truck in real-time.
A smart sensor in the truck can detect an anomaly in the reported data and based on the severity of the detection can report it to the fleet handler, driver, or make the truck take a decision on its own.
Reporting and analytics
Fuel trucks must maintain a lot of parameters under safe limits to keep the fuel delivery system up and going.
That goes from the temperature & pressure inside the fuel chamber to the quality of the delivered fuel and before and after volume.
The smart devices inside the truck and the fuel chamber continuously send those vital numbers to a cloud handler that stores them in log form and feeds it to an analytics software for processing.
The processed data can be used by planners and strategists to revamp the present game-plan accordingly.
Developing the software solution
No. of smart sensors to be interfaced in the fuel trucks depends upon clients’ requirements and safety and regulatory compliances in your jurisdiction.
Once you have finalized the list of smart sensors to be integrated in your solution, it’s time to start build the software part, including the mobility solutions in the form of apps.
An essential part of every software is backend. Backend is invisible part of any software installation that contains lines and lines of code and bunch of compatibility layers to make it interfaceable with other applications and devices.
Once the backend is developed, compatible application and devices work in unison as a single solution.
Perquisites of on-demand fuel delivery services
It is important to know why you need an On-Demand App for fuel delivery with the traditional Gas Station being in existence. So, below are few of benefits of an On-Demand Gas Delivery App.
On-Demand Fuel Delivery App helps you in saving considerable amount of time as you no longer have to wait in the never-ending queues. You can get fuel for vehicle anywhere and at any time.
One of the major benefits of these apps is that they are environment friendly. It causes little or no fuel spills and adulteration.
Your saviour in emergencies
Imagine what would you do if you ran out of gas in middle of nowhere? You can simply get the fuel for your vehicle only by few clicking on your app.
High quality fuel
The fuel supplied by On-Demand services is double filtered and of high quality. Unlike the fuel at gas station it is regularly cleaned and it does not sit in a tank for weeks.
Features that will make your app stand-out
As we are already familiar with onset of On-Demand Fuel Delivery Apps, you must ensure to provide something more than the existing apps. Below are the features that you must include.
Users can pin location where their vehicle is parked
The essence of this app is to provide fuel On-Demand and that too at user’s desired location.
So, you can’t overlook the location aspect. In fact, you must involve a feature which allows your users to select the location where their vehicle is parked. Ensure that your users don’t face any issue while entering the location.
Select time, quantity, and type of fuel
Along with location you must provide features which empowers your user to make customization in their demands.
You must include feature in which the user can select the time when he would want fuel delivered.
Along with it the feature must give your user the charge to select the quantity and type of fuel.
Payment is an essential element when comes to build an app for any On-Demand services.
While integrating the payment feature you must ensure to include all the payment modes such cash, internet banking, card payment, and e-wallets.
To ensure security you can use different types of gateways such as PayPal, Braintree, Stripe, HyperPay, Advent, and PaymentExpress.
Real-time tracking of fuel delivery
Nowadays, Real-Time Tracking has become a vital feature in all the On-Demand Applications. And it’s not just a trend; instead, it serves a very important function.
This feature would show the user about the approximate time of fuel delivery.
Moreover, you must provide the contact number of the delivery person so that user can contact him in any case of delay.
An on-demand fuel delivery system needs at least two apps to work with their own set of backend and frontend: one for the fuel truck driver and one for the users.
You can always contact a reputed Mobile app development firm for consultation and to find out the cost to make an app.
Challenges Faced by On-demand Fuel Delivery
On-demand fuel delivery is facing a lot of challenges. It’s true that many financiers have emerged that are having advanced ideas, but it’s also true that there has been an abundance of such companies.
This abundance makes it difficult to differentiate from the companies that are sincerely working towards their goals to those who just entered the market just to gain the first mover advantage without any proper homework.
Another challenge is related to safety of which the authorities always raise their concern.
Safety issues are universal for any On-demand fuel delivery app, and they have to address it sincerely to run the operations sustainably.
As a result, fuel delivery companies are taking all the necessary precautions such as security systems that would cut off the tanks in case of external affairs.
Fuel on-demand services around the world faced trouble due to the so-called grey area. The main issue is of the safety of the service.
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