HopSkipDrive, a ride-hailing company for transporting children passengers, launched its service in Seattle and King County, Washington earlier this week, reported KUOW.
The company is also partnering with Seattle Public Schools and other area districts to help transport kids to school who live off of the regular bus route. Rides will start at $22 in Seattle, the broadcast reported.
Parents must book rides for their children at least eight hours ahead of time. Safety features that set it apart from other ride service apps were also mentioned.
HopSkipDrive allows users to see driver bios, pick a code word for the child and correct driver to use at the time of pick-up, and can even watch the trip in real-time.
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HopeSkipDrive was originally launched by three moms in Los Angeles, and there is growing competition now. However, HopSkipDrive is the only company in the industry to have a support team that monitors all of the rides in real-time, reported KUOW.
To become a driver for the service, the person must pass a list of qualifications. These include a background check, they must have at least five years of caregiving experience, plus additional requirements.
Currently, HopSkipDrive operates in Northern and Southern California, Colorado-Front Range, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Arizona, and select parts of Texas, according to its website.