‘Managing the Craziness’: Teens in Dallas and Other Cities Can Soon Ride in an Uber Alone

Under a new Uber policy, teens will be able to use the rideshare service all by themselves in more than a dozen metro areas—including Dallas, Houston, New York City, and Atlanta.

Parents who have to rise at 5:45 a.m. to drive their 15-year-old to cross-town band practice just breathed a sigh of relief.

Until now, teens wanting to ride alone in an Uber weren’t able to—making it difficult for parents everywhere who can’t always be in two places at once, not to mention limiting the mobility of teens themselves. But a new Uber policy has given those solo teens a green light to book a ride in more than a dozen metro areas beginning May 22—including Dallas, Houston, New York City, and Atlanta.

At Uber’s annual product event Wednesday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the revised policy will help families “manage the craziness” of getting their kids from place to place. He also noted that “parents can have peace of mind” due to safety features put in place by his company,  according to CNN.

Under the new policy, teen accounts for users aged 13 to 17 will be able to be created starting this coming Monday.

Only highly rated drivers will be eligible

At the product event, Khosrowshahi said that “only experienced and highly rated drivers will be eligible to complete trips with teens,” CNN noted. 

The company said it consulted the nonprofit Safe Kids Worldwide to help it develop the teens account offering.

Safe rides for babies and little kids, too

In another family-friendly offering announced at the product event, Uber said it’s partnering with Nuna, a car seat company, to offer rides with a safe seat for children from newborn babies up kids weighting 65 pounds. According to TechCrunch, parents and caregivers will be able to request and reserve a ride with Nuna’s RAVA car seat.  For now, the service is launching in Los Angeles and New York City before rolling out in additional cities.

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