Waze Carpool is now available nationwide in the U.S.
To reverse the negative trends in the transport industry, including congestion and air quality, Waze launches a carpooling service across the U.S.
Google-owned navigation platform, Waze, has launched Waze Carpool, a carpooling platform it hopes will help eliminate traffic congestion – and therefore pollution – across the U.S. in all 50 states.
This deployment follows successful pilot tests in Israel, California, Texas, Washington, Massachusetts, Illinois and Nevada.
During rides, which can be scheduled up to seven days in advance, Waze provides real-time traffic updates and high-occupancy vehicle lane (HOV) routing and facilitates payments (through Google Pay) and reimbursements.
Waze CEO, Noam Bardin, said in a blog post: “As long as we drive in single occupancy vehicles (SOVs), it doesn’t matter who is driving; you, a ride-sharing driver or an autonomous robot. Nothing will change.
“With the help of our community, technology and data, Waze Carpool matches people who are going in the same direction. This removes the friction of sharing our rides so we can start leaving some of our cars at home and take steps towards eliminating traffic, altogether. I am proud to see this movement grow to more than 110 million monthly active users globally.”
Within the Waze app, users can choose a rider or driver based on their profile, star rating, number of mutual friends and other filters, such as gender and proximity to a preferred route.
Waze users can also update roads, landmarks, house numbers and other mapping information as they see fit, then other members of the community verify the information.
Earlier in 2018, the company initiated the Connected Citizens Program: a two-way sharing database of publicly available traffic and road condition information, which offers governments a stream of data constantly updated in real-time.