When you're hitting up the city and need to get from point A to point B, you turn to Uber. When you're looking to transport your kids, you turn to Shuddle. Fortunately, the service is now opening its doors to Android-using families.
Never heard of Shuddle? I understand. That's because it isn't available in your area (or mine either). In what should surprise no one, its drivers only navigate around the San Francisco Bay Area. The company comes from one of Sidecar's co-founders (another company that probably doesn't support your city).
Like other ride-sharing apps, Shuddle lets you request a trip and provide payment using your phone. You can schedule trips in advance, so you can rest easy knowing that junior will make it to camp just fine. The service primarily shuttles small people around, but it accepts big people too, assuming an adult family member wants to come along for the ride. Prices start at $12 per trip, in addition to a $9 monthly fee.
Since parents don't want their kids hopping in with someone they don't trust, Shuddle doesn't accept just any driver. Applicants must have experience working with kids, pass a vehicle safety inspection, and complete training programs. They must also undergo local, national, and DMV background checks. On top of that, Shuddle wants two employer references. It also lets you track the vehicle from your phone, because it knows you don't trust strangers regardless of their assurances.
At the end of the day (or the beginning), if you live in the Bay Area and need help transporting your child to and from school, piano practice, and field hockey, the link below might be calling your name.