Waze Expands Carpool Service in the City by the Bay

Posted by at 8:44 am on September 30, 2016


Waze’s ride-sharing service is branching out in San Francisco.

In May, Waze invited a handful of local employers and commuters to test a new carpooling option. The project was initially available to more than 25,000 employees at select companies (including Adobe and Walmart Global eCommerce), who were matched with drivers from the app’s 700,000-plus Bay Area users.

Now, the pilot program is expanding to include anyone in the region, The Wall Street Journal reports. Participants can download the Waze or Waze Rider apps and register with a corporate email.

“The Waze Carpool trial has been gradually opening to new users and is currently available to commuters in the greater San Francisco Bay Area who wish to be part of the pilot,” Waze told PCMag in a statement.

You can grab a ride from a Waze driver heading in the same direction, cutting down on commuter traffic and parking lot congestion. Coordination, communication, and payment (riders and drivers share the cost of gas—54 cents per mile—for the trip) are automatically handled through the mobile apps.

The WSJ says drivers and riders are limited to two rides per day (morning and evening commute).

Waze Carpool passengers must be at least 18 years old, so you can’t use it to drop the kids off at school. Drivers must be 21 years or older.

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