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Google Waze launches car share pilot service

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It’s reported Google’s entering the car share market through its Waze app, with a service being trialled in Israel.

Israeli website Haaretz.com says that the commuting carpooling service will be based on Waze and another app called RideWith.

The system introduces drivers and passengers making similar trips, with the passenger paying a fare for the trip that they agree with the driver, based on a recommendation from the app.

The report says that Google plans to expand it to other markets once the trial is completed.

RideWith will initially be offered for Israeli customers on the Google Play app store, for Android phones.  Passengers who want a ride enter their home and workplace addresses, plus times of travel.  The app then tries to match them up with a Waze-using driver on the route, sending them an alert asking if they would like to take a passenger.  Haaretz.com reports that Google is expected to take a fee of 15 percent from the price of the ride and this in effect is the new income model for Waze.

 
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