Google has just released their own version of the reinvented ride-sharing service in San Francisco Bay Area. The Waze Carpool app adds extra services to Waze which is an App Google purchased years ago. Waze uses a precise navigation service and enables drivers to warn each other of road hazards, radars and police trap cameras.
The new Waze Carpool app will probably go head to head with Lyft and Uber, but introduces a different set of requirements and restrictions to the riders. For instance; riders can only get two rides a day (a round trip commute to and from work for example) and drivers are not required to pass a background check, Something Uber and lyft requires.
The main selling point for Waze Carpool is the lower cost. This was achieved by using a different ride-sharing system than Uber and Lyft. The system adapts a true ride sharing style where trips can be incidental (Co-workers pickup others on there way to work to a destination they already go to everyday) as opposed to the for-hire service similar to a Taxi that Uber and Lyft adapt. Time reports: “Additionally, drivers apparently won’t be making a profit. Instead, they’re allowed to collect a maximum of 54 cents per mile, just enough to cover fuel and wear and tear costs for a commute they were going to take anyway. Google reportedly won’t take a cut from the driver’s earnings (for now).”