Interesting move in the mobility world : Waze just launched its ride-sharing app, Waze Carpool, in the whole US territory.
In test since 2016 in the Bay Area, Waze carpool is aimed to facilitate ride-sharing for all commute rides.
How does it work ? Waze already knows your private and your work address, as well as at what time you go to work. With its massive database, it will match people and propose to share rides. For the moment, Waze won’t take a fee on the transaction but doesn’t exclude it.
In the times where more and more cities find out that services like Uber or Lyft have increased traffic by getting more and more people use a car instead of public transport, Waze claims that it won’t put more cars on the roads as people who will offer rides would anyway use their cars.
We’ll soon see if it’s a commercial success and if it has real impact on traffic in major US cities, and maybe see it in Europe in the near future.