If you want to take your child along with you from any part of New York, the app-based car service Uber has something for you. The super interesting firm has added a new feature to its steadily growing list which would offer you an additional child car seat for $10 surcharge.
On Thursday, Uber announced uberFamily, a new feature that helps travelers in NYC to add car seat to their rides with additional $10 surcharge on top of existing UberX rates. And by partnering with Care.com, the company provides the same additional car seats for free on this weekend as part of the kicking off the new service and as a Mothers Day offer. For the time being, the new feature has been introduced by Uber only in New York.
If you want to try out uberFamily on this weekend for no additional cost, just add a promo code “FAMILY” on your account. You can add the promotion code via mobile app, website or texting ‘FAMILY’ to 827222 (US Only). And if you use uber20 promotion code at Care.com, you will also receive 20 percent off childcare and housekeeping services from Care.com.
According to New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, drivers and passengers of for-hire vehicles and yellow medallion cabs are immune from car-seat and seatbelt laws, while the commission also ruled that the passengers can bring their own car seats and the drivers have to let them install the seats.
“Parents on-the-go now have access to a reliable, safe and affordable transportation option,” the company said in a statement. “With the touch of a button, Uber will connect riders to the highest-ranked uberX partner drivers with a car seat in New York City.”
The company has also said that it’s working on to increase the number of uberFamily partner drivers. As of now, Uber users can find the reliable service in some parts of Brooklyn and the best reliability in below 110th Street in Manhattan.
Care.com CEO Sheila Lirio Marcelo said in a statement:
“Transporting children safely is extremely important to us. More than half of our members seeking childcare include some kind of transportation requirement when they are looking for caregivers.”
Uber keeps on exploring the opportunities with new options with its e-hiring car service. Last month it revealed a new courier service for certain parts of Manhattan called uberRUSH, where Uber started piloting a bike and ped-courier service designed to move stuff, rather than people. Last year, the company had also introduced the booking of a chopper ride through its application.