June 28, 2017

Waze Carpool joins ride-hailing service competitors Uber and Lyft

GPS application Waze running on Samsung S5 in a car. Waze is one of the most popular GPS applications.
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Founded in Israel and purchased in 2013 by Google, the app first emerged in May 2016 as a small pilot program in Silicon Valley and eventually expanded to San Francisco. As of June 6, the app is available across California.

Drivers and riders with similar commutes can team up and lessen their load by riding to work together using the carpooling app. Unlike Uber and Lyft, Waze Carpool does not pay drivers and does not take commission from rides, rather riders and drivers share the cost of gas and riders will pay no more than the federal mileage rate of 54 cents per mile.

Waze Carpool also distinguishes itself from other carpooling apps as they plan to make money by showing advertisements in the app that will allegedly engage both riders and drivers during the trip. Additionally, Waze Carpool has guidelines like limiting carpool trips to two per day and requesting that riders be 18 years or older. Photo by auddess The company doesn’t require background checks for drivers like Uber and Lyft do because, according to Waze […]

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