HopSkipDrive has raised $10.2 million in a new funding round and the company has hired a former Uber GM to help scale the business.
HopeSkipDrive is a kid-friendly ride service used to shuttle around children between the ages of 7 to 17. Uber, Lyft, and other competitors do not allow passengers under 18-years-old to catch a ride unless accompanied by an adult.
Parents can schedule rides for their children up to two weeks in advance — or with just eight hours notice.
The company has launched in Souther California and has 500 drivers as part of its growing network.
Every driver must first pass a 15-point certification process, including fingerprinting, vehicle inspections, monthly DMV checks, references verification, and social security checks.
99% of drivers are women and all of the company’s drivers are contract workers.
The company says many of its contracted drivers are stay-at-home moms and nannies who drive in their free time.
Drivers don’t just drop off kids, they also escort them into school or an event.
Customers pay $20 per ride with ride packs offering a discount for multiple purchases at one time.
Children are not required to have a cell phone to use the service, instead they can give the driver a passcode to ensure they are hopping in the right vehicle.
HopSkipDrive last raised $3.9 million in July.
The company has not revealed how it plans to spend its new $10.2 million funding round.
Eyal Gutentag, Uber’s former GM of Los Angeles, has joined HopSkipDrive as chief operations officer.