Waze rideshare


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Project, Casting Shadow on Uber

An Uber logo on a car near Union Square in San Francisco. Alphabet is broadening a car-pooling program that could challenge Uber and Lyft. For now, the program is only open to employees of companies near Google’s headquarters in Mountain View.
AUGUST 30, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO — Alphabet and Uber are inching closer to a showdown.

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is broadening the scope of a car-pooling program that could challenge ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. The pilot program, operated through Google’s navigation app Waze, is limited to employees of companies near Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

In the fall, Waze plans to expand the program to users in San Francisco, where Uber is based, according to a person briefed on the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly about it.

Waze promotes the service as Waze Carpool on its website, recruiting drivers and riders to commute together in the Bay Area. For now, Google is not pushing the service as a direct competitor to the taxilike services of Uber and Lyft, focusing mainly on matching drivers and riders already headed in the same direction.

Unlike ride services that summon drivers immediately, Waze suggests calling for a ride a few hours in advance. When a user wants a ride in the same direction, Waze offers the driver a price to pick up that passenger.

For now, Waze is keeping the cost of rides below the federal standard mileage rates of 54 cents a mile, making it impractical for drivers to make a living from driving. Under its terms of service, Google said it may deduct “a commission” from the price of the ride.


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What Google is doing I would consider "rideshare".

Uber, Lyft, etc., are all transportation providers, facilitating for-hire vehicles.

I think this would only impact for-hire services minimally.