Zum(TM) Ride Service for Kids Launches iPhone and Android Apps and New Flexible Ride Options to Simplify Kids' Transport

Zum App Makes It Easy for Busy Families to Set Up Carpools, Pre-Scheduled and Recurring Rides, and Track and Pay Services

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - May 4, 2016) - Zum, the leading service that provides safe, reliable transportation for kids, today launches the Zum iOS and Android apps to make it easy for busy families to arrange and manage their kids' rides to and from activities, schools and camps. The fully-featured Zum app allows parents to utilize the new flexible options for kids' rides -- on-demand, pre-scheduled and carpools can be set up in moments with just a few taps. The Zum app becomes the central point of interaction where parents can track a child's rides in real time so they know when pick ups and drop offs occur as well as specify instructions for 'safe handoffs' for the child.

Zum carpools provide parents an affordable and flexible option for putting several kids together to get to practice, games, school or other activities, and the app makes it very fast and easy to arrange. Other Zum ride options managed through the app are pre-scheduled rides and recurring rides which can be set up for a full year in advance. Rides are charged by the mile and childcare services are charged by the quarter hour. There are no monthly subscription fees or contracts.

Through the app (iOS and Android), parents can check on the progress of any Zum ride and receive real-time notifications on ride progress. Plus, parents can connect via text or phone to the 'family assistant.' The Family Assistant, like a personal concierge, is always available to assist with logistics or issues as they arise.

"The Zum app makes using our service so easy for parents," said Ritu Narayan, CEO, Zum. "With our new flexible ride options, we help families stretch their budgets while still meeting the needs of the kids. We listen to our customers and are continually enhancing our services and the app, so we provide families the service they need. We are very excited to be rolling out the app and our new options to our whole customer base."

One Zum parent, Kat Nouri, a busy CEO with three active children, says that Zum is the first app she opens in the morning. "This app has taken modern parenting to a new level. Safe transportation has been a key element in helping me manage my busy family," she said.

Zum offers rides with dedicated drivers assigned to each family all over the Bay Area, including the South Bay, Peninsula, San Francisco, and East Bay. In addition, Zum drivers can provide care services around the ride -- staying with kids at activities, watching them for a time at home either after parents leave in the morning or before parents arrive back at home in the evening, for example.

To develop a caring and trusting relationship with the Zumers, every family is assigned a small pool of dedicated drivers who will get to know each other over time. Carefully selected and screened, Zumers must be over 21, have childcare experience, be Trustline, DoJ and FBI checked and approved, have a clean DMV record and minimum of three years' driving experience. Zum performs a 20-point vehicle inspection for safety, regularly checks the vehicles and monitors the driving patterns.

To sign up for Zum or for more information: https://ridezum.com
To apply to drive: https://ridezum.com/drive.html
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About Zum
Zum is the leading provider of safe, reliable transportation for kids. The company is designed to meet the needs of busy families with flexible ride options and care services. The Zum mobile app makes it simple to schedule rides for kids as well as track rides in process. Families work with only a limited pool of drivers and are supported by a Dedicated Family Assistant for optimal care and convenience. For more information, parents can download the Zum app for iOS, Android or visit our website. Qualified drivers can apply to drive for Zum by submitting their application here.

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