Under its terms of service, Google said it may deduct “a commission” from the price of the ride. Instead, users can connect to drivers headed in the same direction for a ride, just like carpooling.
The expansion of Google’s program will put it even more squarely in competition with companies like Uber and Lyft.
But Google has also started utilizing Waze in a few other ways.
Only six companies can use Waze.
So far in the pilot, riders have been about 25,000 San Francisco bay area employees of large companies, including Google, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and Adobe Systems Inc. Google and Uber we’re allies once upon a time.
This is the latest chapter in an ongoing relationship between Uber and Google, which was an early investor in Uber, pouring $258 million into the then-young startup back in 2013.
Due to concerns over conflict of interest, Alphabet executive David Drummond resigned from the board of directors of Uber. Kalanick also said he looked forward to “continued cooperation and partnership” with Alphabet. The riders are limited to two rides a day, to ferry them to and from work.
That same community would be responsible for preventing bad drivers using the ride-sharing element, rather than driver vetting, according to the WSJ report. Only one rider is allowed per vehicle. Now, the service will open to all San Francisco-area Waze users. He warned that the company would need to navigate several potential pitfalls, including legal and safety issues. Uber launched self-driving cars in Pittsburgh recently but they will still have both someone behind the wheel and another observer. The pilot program, run through the Big G-owned navigation app Waze, is limited to workers of firms near the Internet giant’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Is Google ready to take on overcome the numerous pitfalls of running a ride-sharing service? Some of the data from Waze is now used in Google Maps.