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UBER & driverless cars: a busy parent's savior

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UBER, and other services like it, are the savior of busy parents. Being a typical New Yorker without a personal car, I have had to rely on cabs more often than I would like. And before UBER, I would have to scramble to book a babysitter every time I needed my kid to get somewhere like an after school class or activity that was too far away to walk or not practical to use public transportation for while my husband and I were at work. If you're a parent or care-giver, you know what a scramble that can be!

But now, I can book an UBER remotely to pick my sons up from school and take them where they need to go. And all for the same cost as a taxi. Admittedly, it doesn't sit completely comfortably. I always call the driver sounding a little like a nervy over-protective mother, and I don't take my eyes off the little car icon as it crawls through the digital streets on my smartphone to make sure they reach their destination. And I'm always relieved when it does - which is no reflection on the quality or trustworthiness of UBER drivers, it's just me not feeling 100% at ease with my children being at large in a stranger's car in the big city.

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I'm just brainstorming here, but maybe this is a business opportunity? Call it "UBER-NANNY," with special drivers who have more rigorous certification and child car seats in the back. They could call parents at pick up and drop off, walk the kid to the door where they're going, and maybe they even get a signature of an adult at the same time. I'd sign up for that enhanced service.

But just wait until there are driverless cars! To the relief of any professional driver who will likely be out of a job, that day is probably a long way off. But imagine the freedom it will afford all of us, from parents worrying about how to get their kids from A to B, to busy or over-tired commuters, and especially those with a disability that prevents them from being able to drive themselves at any time.

And think about your wallet … the hope is that costs will drastically drop with a driverless car, given that it's cheaper to pay a computer than a human. Mobility and peace of mind at a lower price.

Again, in this driverless future, I'm not dismissing the hit to all the drivers out there right now, one of whom will be thankfully ferrying my kid to his guitar lesson this afternoon at the press of a smartphone button. But it may be a future that's hurtling towards us, whether we like it or not. So we might as well look forward to the positives.

Commentary by Mandy Drury, co-host of CNBC's "Power Lunch." Follow her on Twitter @MandyCNBC.