The Wall Street Journal reported that the American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products that include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware, Alphabet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is said to be growing a carpool service in the United States, as well as in Latin America over its Waze app in the next coming months. The service, which allows commuters to pick up and drop off extra passengers along their route for a small fee, is often cheaper than ride-hailing apps Uber or Lyft, the Journal reported. But during the pilot programs in Israel and San Francisco, rides needed to be arranged hours in advance, and sometimes, no drivers accepted a request, according to the Journal.
Waze is all about contributing to the ‘common good’ out on the road. By connecting drivers to one another, it helps users create local driving communities that work together to improve the quality of everyone’s daily driving. That might mean helping them avoid the frustration of sitting in traffic, cluing them in to a police trap or shaving five minutes off of their regular commute by showing them new routes they never even knew about. Unlike a ride-hailing app, drivers for Waze could not use the app as a full-time income, and the company doesn’t currently take a cut of the drivers’ pay, according to the WSJ. But, Uber and Google do compete in the market for self-driving cars, which require extensive test driving data. Recently, a former head of Google’s search division joined the ride-hailing app, Uber.