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Uber for kids: Cary mom creates transportation service

Posted June 11, 2018 6:01 a.m. EDT
Updated June 12, 2018 9:06 a.m. EDT

— Most parents know how hard it can be to juggle work, errands and shuttling the kids to and from practice, school and appointments. That's why one Cary mom created a startup company to solve parents' transportation dilemmas.

Stacy Shannon created GoKart in 2016 when she was struggling to get her son to practice, which started before she got off work.

GoKart is, in a way, a combination of Uber and Care.com – it's a ride-share service for kids between 6 and 17 years old.

The service now has hundreds of users, and parents can request to have their kids picked up and dropped off wherever they need to go.

All drivers have at least five years of childcare experience, and they all go through background checks.

"I built this for parents who are just like me, who struggle to get their kids where they need to be," said Shannon. "You want them to get there safely and reliably. Even if you have a babysitter or family member, they could cancel, or they may not be able to do it on a daily basis, and that's what we do."

Once parents book a drive with GoKart, they get a picture of the driver and the car as well as a secret word that only the driver and kids will know.

GoKart will be an app by the end of this summer.

Learn more about the service and why Shannon created it.