(SAN FRANCISCO)

American car giant Chrysler is joining the ridesharing revolution. It is partnering with a pioneering startup providing secure travel options to youngsters in the preschool to high school age group.

As part of the deal, eligible drivers operating via Kango’s app-based service will be able to lease Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid  electrified minivans, to carry out their work in San Francisco, beginning later this year.

Sara Schaer, CEO of Kango, hailed the collaboration, saying it “will help us meet the growing demand for shared carpool rides for groups of kids going places.”

All of the drivers are comprehensively checked out and must have relevant previous experience with young people. Background checks – including driving record – fingerprinting, and individual assessments are some of the procedures carried out before someone can offer support through Kango.

The sharing economy spans sectors and is feeding a global appetite for community solutions. A food sharing app developed by two pals that met at university – for example – is allowing people to pass on food that would otherwise go to waste. And recognising this trend, the startup category in the upcoming Global Game Changers awards, will celebrate young companies developing products in the sharing economy.