Google-owned Waze is expanding its Carpool feature across America. The feature allows drivers to get paid for giving people a ride.
Last week Waze announced that it is expanding its new carpool service nationwide, making it available in all 50 states across the US. The feature will now put Waze head to head with Lyft Line and Uber Pool which allow riders to find rides from drivers heading in the same direction as them.
Waze Carpool offers a pretty simple service, allowing drivers to give people rides and get paid for them. Riders can use the feature to filter drivers by things like ratings, gender, common friends, or whether they are a coworker (by verifying a company email), and once chosen, Waze Carpool charges them $0.54 cents each mile. In the first month, all rides are just $2.
All payments will be handled by Waze, right within the app.
The key differentiator between Waze Carpool and Lyft and Uber’s solutions is that drivers on Carpool are people with day jobs, and they don’t drive for a living. To make sure things are kept that way, drivers can only do two carpools every day. Waze has already made deals with several partners like universities and employers. One of these is Amazon, and Waze Carpool will be available at 50 of the company’s warehouses “making it even easier for Amazon employees to save time and money by carpooling to work together.”
Waze CEO Noam Bardin explained that they’ve been working “with Amazon Fulfillment Centers throughout the US,” as one of the reasons people stop working there is because they find it hard to actually get to work.
Waze Carpool was available up until now in the San Francisco Bay Area only, as well as Israel – where Waze is based. Drivers can turn on the feature within their app, whereas riders will have to download the special Waze Carpool app.
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