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Ridesharing start-up promises safe rides for kids

March 19, 2015

Given all the nastiness surrounding Uber of late, parents might not be too keen on sending their children off on a solo Uber ride. Enter Shuddle, a ridesharing app that caters to busy families and promises tight security. Shuddle allows parents to arrange scheduled pickups for their kids and track the ride from start to finish. The company only hires experienced caregivers (like nannies and teachers, for example) to act as drivers, most of whom are women. Drivers must also pass a screening process that includes face-to-face interviews, a criminal background check, a motor vehicle records check, and an in-person orientation. Shuddle just raised $9.6 million in its first round of investment funding; while the service only operates within San Francisco’s Bay Area at the moment, Shuddle plans to use the money to expand into new areas.

Read the full story at Forbes.