Uber, the rapidly-growing car service that has caused quite the gnashing of teeth among taxi drivers, is geared up to launch a family-centric ride-sharing service called “Uber Family,” it has been revealed. In addition, a recent job listing suggests the service is expanding the number of cities it operates in.
The information comes from the folks at Venture Beat, which say they’ve spoken to a source with information on Uber’s upcoming plans. Reportedly, the company will be launching the program “soon,” and will be catering it towards families — specifically, those with children — hence the name.
According to this source, Uber will be limiting its family offering to only its best drivers who have good ratings. The drivers will be given a car seat for those with infants and toddlers, and parents will shell out an extra $10 for the benefits that come with the family package — top driver, car seat, etc.
In a somewhat related note, a recent job listing obtain by Venture Beat shows Uber eyeing a handful of new cities in which it plans to bring its service: Kansas City, Las Vegas, Austin, St. Louis, Boise, Richmond, Boulder, Lexington, Hartford, and Bloomington.