You can now hitch a ride in Google’s ride sharing service

You can now hitch a ride in Google's ride sharing service

Your commute could be in for a change, as Google launches its sort-of-competitor to Uber and Lyft: Waze Carpool.

The app, which taps into Waze’s traffic navigation system so commuters can share rides to and from work, is successfully out of beta and live for residents in the Bay Area, according to Engadget, via The Wall Street Journal.

While still far from having the reach of apps like Uber & Co., Waze Carpool is a much different beast – one that concentrates on the day-to-day commute rather than on-demand trips that make up the competition’s bread-and-butter.

Going my Waze?

For starters, drivers that sign up for Waze Carpool won’t be in it for the money. The service pays drivers a scant $0.54/mile (about £0.40/AU$0.70 per mile) and limits them to two trips per day.

This means that drivers are encouraged to pick up fellow commuters on the way to and from their current job rather than patrol for customers, as the benefits are meant to chip in for gas on a trip you already planned on taking.

Because Waze Carpool drivers are not intended to be employees, Google (and to some extent, the law) is less scrutinizing when it comes to qualifying applicants, who only need a general schedule and home/work location to behind picking up carpoolers.

While this means just about anyone can shave down the cost of their commute – nor will drivers have to beg for good reviews to keep their job – it also means a lack of background checks, drivers insurance, or other safety concerns that could potentially become issues for Waze Carpool as it expands.

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Source: TechRadar
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