News Shuddle, Uber for kids. What could go wrong?

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  1. kinneyjames

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    http://www.buzzfeed.com/johanabhuiyan/new-shuddle-app-lets-kids-call-a-car-themselves#.muXaa5aX9D

    So much for that long-held parenting tenet “Don’t get in cars with strangers.” On Tuesday morning, Shuddle announced a new update to its ride-hailing service designed for children of busy parents: an app that lets kids as young as 7 to summon a car themselves.

    Shuddle, created by former SideCar co-founder and CFO Nick Allen as a sort of Uber for minors, now has a companion app that lets the kids book the rides. Called ShuddleMe, the app lets any smartphone-equipped kid who doesn’t need a booster seat schedule their own rides up to an hour ahead of time.

    “We’ve actually had parents say that they went out and bought their kids a phone so they can use this service,” Allen told BuzzFeed News. “That’s how big a pain point shuttling kids is.”

    The ShuddleMe app is intended to empower kids to arrange their own rides while keeping parents in the loop — particularly during the summer when kids are out of school and often have shifting schedules. Every time a kid books a ride through ShuddleMe, parents are prompted to approve it via a connected Shuddle app. “The app is up to speed with all the functionality of [Shuddle],” Allen told BuzzFeed News. “Parents will get notifications when their kids are picked up and dropped off, and they can track the ride.”

    Entrusting anyone, much less complete strangers, with your children can be daunting. But Shuddle drivers, the majority of whom are female, undergo what Allen describes as as “an extensive” background check.

    “We do checks through a number of databases using the Social Security numbers, address history, [and we can see] if there are any aliases,” he said. “This allows for very localized reporting. A lot of minor offenses don’t get reported to national databases; this way we can see things to the county level. Sometimes that means having a county clerk pull arrest records. We also do two reference checks to see if drivers have experience in a caregiver-type setting.”

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    Shuddle is currently available only in the Bay Area, though Allen told BuzzFeed News it hopes to expand in the next few months. The company, which raised $9.6 million in March, and charges users a $9 monthly fee, has “hundreds of drivers” according to Allen and is gaining some traction in the suburbs, which account for about two-thirds of its rides.
     
  2. Tipsey Russell

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    this is going to end in a terrible case of anal rape and murder
     
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    Holy hell.:facepalm:
     
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    "We’ve actually had parents say that they went out and bought their kids a phone so they can use this service,” Allen told BuzzFeed News. “That’s how big a pain point shuttling kids is.”

    Wahhhhh!- I don't like driving around my kid who I chose to have & am responsible for.... :rolleyes:
    This will end badly
     
  6. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Too busy to take the kids where they need to go? Maybe you need to not have kids, douchebags.
     
  7. scoobyla

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    i think uber is a fantastic business model.
    but i dont think this is a good idea, for anyone
     
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    my one kid got a job last year
    me and the wife are talking and I ask how will the kid get home if one of us aren't around
    I suggest a cab

    she asks you want the kid getting in a car with some creepy arab all alone?
    It's at that point I realize two things

    1--my wife's a tad racist
    2--i'm a terrible father
     
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    I like how parents of 10 year olds get in trouble for letting them walk to the park alone, but they can get a ride with a stranger at 7.
     
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    In other news john hein just announced he'll be leaving the wrap up show for a full time position with shuddle.
     
  12. Jayla

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    Parents should just do what all my kids' friends' parents do - ask some sucker (like me) to shuttle your kids everywhere, all the time.
     
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    I came to this thread to post a pic of Hein.

    It was already done.

    Keep on doing the Lord's work, Shed posters!
     
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    Nah, she's just "aware".

    Add 2 points to her looks.
     
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    This is both scary and very sad.
     
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    :cwl:
     
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    Fucking stupid, leave it to the bay area....
     
  20. SorryBoff

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    You just know some spoiled brat will use this to run away from home.
     
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