GoKid, an app enabling families in the same area to arrange carpools, is shutting down as a result of school closures linked to Covid-19. 

The firm connects families in the same district through a basic app, which is free, to facilitate shared rides to and from school, with a trusted parent behind the wheel.

Premium features – such as an in-app chat, live tracking and calendar integration – can be added on at a monthly or annual cost.

The New-York headquartered company was founded four years ago and has facilitated more than 500,000 carpools across 30 countries.

Venture capital funds such as Village Capital, KI Group, InMotion Ventures (Jaguar Land Rover’s investment arm), Duetsche Bahn Digital Ventures and Techstars backed the business.

In a blogpost on GoKid’s website, founder and chief executive Stefanie Lemcke said: “The Covid-19 virus has stopped our journey. Schools remain (physically) shut for much of 2020, so we had to cease operations this week.”

She continued: “The vision why we started GoKid will never change – we need a more sustainable way of getting around. Shared mobility will come back. The virus is a bump in the road but someone will continue our journey – for the benefits of families and the environment.”

Date published: 5 August 2020

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