A stay-at-home mom has developed a soon-to-be-launched app that connects female riders with female drivers.
Brooke Schneider pondered the idea of becoming an Uber driver but was discouraged and nervous with the idea of being alone with strange men. She figured she wasn’t alone.
“I told (my husband) that I don’t like driving alone with unknown men because it’s an unknown factor,” said Schneider. “I figured if I feel this way, how many women are feeling the exact same way where they’re just not comfortable riding around with unknown men?”
CabShe was originally launched in December with fanfare from riders, but not so much from the Region of Waterloo bylaw office. After being reported by a local taxi operator for providing unlicensed trips, it was deactivated and the company is currently working on getting officially licensed in the region. Its relaunch is expected in the coming months.
The app will work very similarly to Uber, where riders can call vehicles with an app and pay through their smartphone. Drivers will keep 85% of the fares collected.
“Our goal is to conquer all of K-W (Kitchener-Waterloo) to begin and have at least 2,000 riders by the end of 2018,” said Schneider.
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