Smart school buses using Uber-like GPS system for parent tracking

New York City, the nation’s largest school district, is building an Uber-like GPS system that lets parents track their child’s school bus ride in real time. NYC, with 1 million pupils, has contracted with Via Transportation to start phasing in student tracking next fall.

For parents, teachers and school administrators, the ability to follow each student’s daily commute adds a layer of safety and peace of mind — and helps everyone adjust plans when there are traffic jams or other snarls.

Similar systems are already deployed in San Francisco and Oakland school districts through a Bay Area company called Zūm.

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