May 18, 2016 12:58 am | Updated 5 years ago.
Google launched the new Waze Navigation App that will allow thousands of San Francisco workers to carpool rides to and fro from their workplace. Waze has an enormous market reach with about 700,000 users in the Bay Area in San Francisco. Google will be testing its carpool service among twenty- five thousand employees working in organizations like Adobe, Walmart e- commerce and the University of California. Presently Waze Carpool is an invite-only service which pairs off users on the basis of their location and timing.
Waze is different from Lyft and Uber as it doesn’t redeem payments to drivers but includes an option where money is automatically transferred to the driver. All transactions are directly done through the app and Waze doesn’t charge anything for it. It is not a system for drivers to earn extra by using this app.
The project was first initiated and successfully tested in Israel, last year in the month of July. The app is currently designed for Android users and a new version for the iOS platform is in the pipeline. This eco -friendly app not only reduces commuting cost but also envisages on creating a greener city as less number of cars will be running on the roads.
Date of Publication: May 16, 2016