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Chrysler is partnering with Calfornia-based Kango to provide ride-sharing and childcare services for children.

The automaker’s Pacifica Hybrid mini-vans will help make up the Kango fleet, which transports children from pre-school age to high-schoolers. The company currently operates strictly in the San Francisco Bay area.

“All pre-screened Kango drivers and sitters have experience caring for kids and must pass our rigorous selection process, which includes in-person interviews, background checks, fingerprinting, and more,” Kango’s Web site explains. “When you sign up, you gain access to this group of providers and can request their help whenever you need it.

Chrysler and Kango describe the new partnership as a “first-of-a-kind” and it will have the Pacifica Hybrid minivans on the road as part of the service this fall.

“The Chrysler brand is focused on providing transportation solutions for families to make their lives easier,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands in North America, in a press release. “Together with Kango, we will make it easier for parents to manage conflicting priorities at work with the knowledge that their kids are being transported to their activities in a safe environment.”

Kango’s website says it was named “Best Uber for Kids” for 2017 by San Francisco magazine.

“Kango is excited to partner with Chrysler to make its new Pacifica Hybrid minivans available to our eligible drivers,” said Sara Schaer, CEO of Kango, in a released statement. “In addition to being a green vehicle with the best mileage of any minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will help us meet the growing demand for shared carpool rides for groups of kids going places. Drivers save money on gas. Kids are delighted with the minivan’s kid-friendly features. It’s a win for everyone.”

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