Waze Carpool service announced as available nationwide
SAN JUAN – Waze, the navigation platform with a focus on user-submitted details, announced that it has launched its Waze Carpool service nationwide. The feature matches people who are going in the same direction to share rides, with the objective of reducing traffic.
Waze recommends faster routes based on driving and data from millions of users who submit road hazards and other information such as gas prices, accidents and roadblocks. Waze Carpool, meanwhile, allows commuters to use the app to find a match traveling in the same direction.
Waze Carpool is currently available in California, Texas, Washington, Massachusetts, Illinois, Nevada and Israel. The company suggests installing the app, which available for iPhone and Android, and “we’ll notify you as soon as it becomes available in your area!”
At the beginning of the year, Payoneer, a payments company, announced Waze uses its services for Waze Carpool riders to use the app to pay the driver “a rate up to the federal mileage rate to cover the cost of gas and wear and tear.”
After testing in several states, Waze said, people can join Waze Carpool as a riders or drivers, the latter of which can take up to four people on their trip.
Employees and employers can team up with Waze Carpool for a month of free rides for the company. Government officials, meanwhile, can seek to become a partner in the Waze Connected Citizens Program to improve urban planning, reduce traffic congestion and receive real-time incident information to improve response times.
“As a society, we’re underutilizing the powerful tools at our disposal that can reduce traffic today. We don’t need to wait for huge government investments or transformative new technologies to solve this problem. The empty car seats are already there…we just need to cooperate a bit and make a small habit change! Americans come together in times of crisis, such as natural disasters, and have always shown a willingness to help each other, our neighbors, and our communities. We need to treat traffic as such a crisis and bring to bear our ability to cooperate, on our own, for the common good,” chief “Wazer” Noam Bardin wrote in the company’s blog.
Waze was acquired by Google in 2013 and has more than 90 million users worldwide.