It’s nice to occasionally see some developments in the obscenely well-funded rideshare industry that do not involve dude-bro executive malfeasance , regulatory shenanigans , or sexual harassment . So SFist is pleased to report that the Google-owned Waze, the real-time traffic, accident, and cop-spotting app that helps drivers strategize their ride, has expanded the Waze Carpool app to cover the entire state of California according to Reuters. The paid Waze Carpool service arrived in Mountain View as a tiny pilot program in 2016, expanded to nine Bay Area counties in February of this year , and now lets commuters pick up or hitch carpool commute rides across the Golden State.
To be clear, this is not the Waze app — it’s a separate app called Waze Carpool that allows citizen drivers to pick up extra riders who are headed the same direction. And driving does not have the potential as a revenue-generating side gig, as the Bay Area News Group notes that “Waze Carpool rides need to be reserved hours in advance and only can be used up to two times per day.”
The statewide coverage of Waze Carpool goes […]