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Google Waze pilots new carpooling service in Bay Area

Written by Jaymin Shah

Waze is opening up a carpooling service in San Francisco, 10 months after launching the service in Tel Aviv.

Domestically, it’s called ‘Waze Carpool’ (it’s ‘RideWith’ in Tel Aviv) and requires a separate app. For now, Waze Carpool is “invite-only to a select group of employers and their commuters in the Bay Area.”

It’s a lot like Uber or Lyft’s carpooling features, except your driver is also headed to work. Waze Carpool simply tries to match your commute with someone in a similar route — which is likely why it’s carefully allowing businesses to use it.

Waze Carpool is also limited to two rides per day, and restricted to heavy traffic times (morning and early evening). It matches riders to drivers one-way, so it’s not a group matching service for coworkers.

Riders can pay drivers, but Waze cautions it’s meant for “covering costs, not generating an income.”

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Jaymin Shah

Jaymin Shah is a tech entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of TechOptimals. He has made a name for himself in the tech media world as a writer relentlessly covering Technology, in addition to a broad range of startups. Contact Jaymin at jaymin@techoptimals.com

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