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Google’s Waze brings carpooling to the San Francisco Bay Area
If you haven’t tried Waze yet, then stop reading this article immediately and go download it. The Google-owned app sports itself as a kind of social network for the road, with drivers collaborating to spot potholes, speed traps, and hazards as they travel. While most navigation apps focus on getting you to someplace you’ve never been before, Waze is well-suited for frequently made drives like your commute to work. Since the whole point of the service is for drivers to help each other out, adding carpooling is a natural fit. Now the company is giving this very capability a try in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Currently, you have to know a guy who knows a guy to get into this feature. Right now Waze carpooling is invite-only, and only a handful of companies are able to offer it to their employees. However, if you’re living and working in the Bay Area, you can apply to have your company included in this service by following this link.
With environmental concerns on the rise and pickup services like Uber and Lyft becoming ubiquitous, we expect Waze’s carpooling capabilities to be received positively. It’s a good opportunity for drivers to help someone out, and it’s also a nice little bit of extra cash since riders will pay the drivers a small fee to go toward gas.
What are your thoughts regarding Waze formally stepping into the taxi-killer business? Would you use their carpooling to get to and from work? Let us know your take in the comments below!