A big worry for many parents today is how their kids will transition from home to car to school. Not so much for requiring a nanny or personal assistant to help but an on-demand ride and oversee care service. The sudden replacement for nannies and personal caretakers is the on-demand option to transport and oversee until parents return home. This is exactly what Zum solves and wants to do for working families by providing Zumers.
Zum On-demand Ride/ Care
Rides are priced based on mileage and start at $16 for a single kid and $8 for carpool kids. A 10-mile ride for one child costs around $24, Narayan says. If you want on-site child care before or after the ride, that’s $6 every 15 minutes. Drivers can make up to $2,400 a month by driving five or six hours a day. Tipping isn’t required or encouraged. Zumers foot the bill for gas and car maintenance, but have the benefit of setting their own hours and saying no to rides if they aren’t available. Now that it’s open to the public, Zum plans to expand throughout the Bay Area before launching in 14 other cities, including Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C.
Ritu Narayan is the female CEO of Zum
What perhaps gives Zum an additional edge is its self-learning algorithm that pairs drivers with families based on their compatibility.