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Ride services just for kids, and other apps to make back-to-school easierFor working parents, getting kids from school to practice and then back home has gotten easier thanks to new ride services that drive around kids. But what safeguards are in place, when a stranger is picking up and dropping off your child? CNET's Lexy...
[MUSIC] 11 year old Kaia is getting picked up from school, but not by her parents. Hi, are you Kaia? Yeah. Her mom is busy at work, so she sent a driver from Shuttle, a subscription car service for kids. Parents need to schedule a ride at least a day in advance through app while kids need their own cell phone and must be 8 or older. Rides typically cost around $12. > One time I had a child ask oh can I be dropped off at this location instead and we called the parent and confirmed that that was OK. And then drop him off at the different location. So pick up the driver and child confirm the pre-determined password and can see a photo of each other on their phone. Meanwhile the parents can monitor the ride in real time through the app. Every single ride is watched live at shuttle headquarters by full time shuttle employees. With software in the car called Zen Drive, we can monitor driving behavior in real time. If putting a child in a car with a stranger sounds dangerous, shuttle says all their drivers have child care experience and go through extensive background checks. We use fingerprinting, FBI database. Federal, state, and local criminal background check databases and social security number verification Currently operating in the San Francisco Bay area, Shuttle is carving out a new market alongside services like Hop, Skip, Drive in Los Angeles. Shuddle is also launching a carpool service. [UNKNOWN] Busy parents like Akimmie Mays are also turning to meal delivery apps like Munchery. The service runs in San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Los Angeles with a rotating daily menu. When you place an order it goes straight to the distribution center. The food is already ready to go, and it's closest to you. Parents can order in advance through the website or even on the way home from school using the app. Complete meals are delivered cold and cost between 8 and $14 each. They like the salmon because they can eat that. They like the fruits, and they like the almond milk. From food delivery, to kid delivery, there's an app for that. In San Francisco, Lexy Savvides, CNET.com for CBS news.