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Watchout, Uber! Google’s Waze is launching its carpool service to every US state

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First launched in the Bay Area in 2016, Waze Carpool expand its service to all 50 states, directly competing with ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber.

The Waze Carpool app will enable users to find rides from Waze drivers that are headed in the same direction. Riders can filter drivers by a range of criteria, including gender, star ratings, or whether they are a coworker.

“Traffic is at an all-time high in the U.S., yet over 75% of commuters journey to work alone in a car. By leveraging the Waze community and connecting the dots between how people are traveling and where they want to go, we can empower everyone to reduce the number of cars on the road now”, Waze Founder and CEO Noam Bardin [source]

How the new feature works:

  • Drivers will be able to turn on the feature in the Waze app
  • People who want a ride, however, will need to download the Waze Carpool app
  • You can filter who gives you a ride by a range of criteria
  • Payment is handled in the app and you can give your driver a rating [source]

VIDEO: Why Waze Carpool? Ask our community

Waze Carpool charges riders 54 cents per mile and is offering all new riders $2 rides for 21 days.

The company is also rewarding drivers and riders for referrals. Drivers get $20 cash for each referral, and riders get $20 credit for each referral, with a max of 10 referrals per person.

Waze plans to bring the service in Europe in the near future.

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