Who would be taking my kid? Rideshares for Children and Toddlers?
The Guru Take
Specialty services needed for children
Currently, mainstream rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft do NOT allow unaccompanied children and minors to utilize their services. Minors cannot possess accounts with Uber or Lyft, and drivers are prohibited to pick up unaccompanied minors. (Say, in an instance where the parents call one for them)
Whether this practice is illegal (for parents or drivers) depends on the state laws. Companies generally do not transport minors due to liability and insurance reasons.
There are specialty rideshare companies that do have insurance and are designed to serve minors. HopSkipDrive is one of them, and there is an article about other services here:
If you are concerned about the car seat / safety seat situation, take a look at this thread here:
Taxis / Limos
Taxis and Limo are usually more flexible for transporting minors. Generally, there are no laws prohibiting taxi drivers and limo servies to pick up unaccompanied minors (Of course, the guardians/parents remain responsible for the children's safety, but this is true even while not on a taxi.) You want to be checking with the taxi or limo companies on their policies and logistics.