Waze to Launch a Carpooling Program

By CIOReview | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

FREMONT, CA:  Carpooling can potentially minimize travel and fuel costs, number of cars on road and pollution caused due to carbon dioxide emission from vehicles. Google owned Waze-GPS based geographical navigation application program provider is launching a carpooling pilot program, reports Ari Rabinovitch, REUTERS.

The new carpooling application RideWith leverages Waze’s navigation system to determine the routes taken by drivers most frequently while they go to work. It will notify the rider when a ride is found with a Waze commuter taking similar direction. Simultaneously driver will get notification through the app and have option to accept or reject passenger request. After reaching the destination, rider will pay a share for gas consumed and wear and tear of vehicle through app and Waze will deduct small amount as commission during transaction.

Waze carpooling service is not aimed to provide full time job for people and will be limited to two trips a day, one when driver is travelling from home to work and other when he or she will be going back to home, reports Arjun Kharpal, CNBC.

According to an analyst, Waze strategy for limited ride is in order to avoid any anger or revolts of taxi drivers and regulators, as continuous carpooling adoption can bring their income down.