Where parents feel like chauffeurs, companies step in

NEW YORK (AP) — A handful of ride-hailing companies are enabling parents to order rides, and in some cases childcare, for children using smartphone apps.

The promise is alluring at a time when children are expected to accomplish a dizzying array of extracurricular activities and the boundaries between work and home have blurred.

The demand for such services has been so high in some places that companies struggle to provide enough drivers. Others face hurdles convincing parents that a stranger hired by a ride-hailing company is trustworthy enough to ferry their most precious passengers.

To allay concerns, they claim to screen drivers more extensively than mainstream heavyweights like Uber and Lyft by checking fingerprints and requiring childcare or parenting experience, sometimes describing drivers as “nannies on wheels.”

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