Google's Waze Carpool expands throughout California in first big test

Google's Waze Carpool expands throughout California in first big test

Waze Carpool app users will be able to find rides from drivers who also use the app and travelling on the same direction. It still offers its ridesharing service Lyft Line, while Uber Pool does the same, but Waze insists Carpool is different.

Waze's carpool service has been around since 2015, but if you haven't heard of it, it's probably because the feature has only been rolled out in Israel, Sacramento, Monterey and the Bay Area thus far, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Since signing up for Waze's carpooling service in February, Lesley Watson says she gets paid $3.50 to $5.50 every time she gives someone a ride on her morning commute from her home in Oakland to her job at an advertising agency in San Francisco.

Carpooling takes density and doing it on a limited capacity, you can only learn so much.

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The L.A. market has the largest number of Waze users in the world, which makes sense, considering the extreme traffic levels in many areas of the city. "It's our first attempt to see if we can go big into a region". It connects drivers and riders with similar destinations, so they can commute together, resulting in fewer cars on the road (something Angelenos likely won't mind a bit). In a recent test in Israel, it took a 15% cut, but there's no telling if that level will be the same in the USA or not. He also made it clear that the company will not take a commission from California drivers for now, but it will eventually take a commission per transaction in the future "when the quality of the service is high enough to warrant this". Waze said tens of thousands of drivers and passengers have registered for carpooling in northern California.

That's according to a survey of 4,500 people conducted a year ago by the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a group that focuses on public transit and ways to reduce the number of cars on the road.

Fried added, "Google has always been known for taking multiple bets in the same category - like messaging".

Waze's ridesharing service works by riders that hop into drivers' cars sharing the gasoline expense.

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