Uber for Kids? Companies Offer Busy Parents Carpool Alternative
Too busy to take your kids to school? There's an app for that.
Claudia Cowan reported on "America's Newsroom" about the emergence of a new, Uber-like car service aimed at helping busy parents shuttle their children to and from school.
"Companies [are] now up-and-running in Michigan and California with kid-friendly names like 'HopSkipDrive' and 'Shuddle,'" Cowan said. "Great for busy parents, but not everyone's sold on this modern day school bus."
Cowan reported that San Francisco-based Shuddle currently employs about 200 drivers, most of whom are women.
"For the monthly fee of $9, plus the fare for each trip, parents can monitor their child's route through the company's mobile app," Cowan said, explaining that riders must have a cell phone so the driver can text them a password that authenticates the pick-up.
Cowan noted that critics argue these car services actually create more concern than convenience, while supporters say that the market is driving demand and the idea is catching on.
"All of these kiddie-like car services are attracting investors," Cowan said. "And all the companies we spoke to say they plan to expand."
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