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Google getting into ride-share service competition vs Uber; other car apps via Waze

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Uber — and all the other ride-share apps that exist in San Francisco — is getting a new competitor.

Google is turning its traffic app Waze into a carpool ride-share service that is slated to roll out in San Francisco this fall, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new service will be very similar to UberPool, which connects riders with drivers who are heading to the same direction or destination.

The carpool service started out as a pilot program at the California headquarters in May, but it was only available to area workers. Now, the service will open to all San Francisco-area Waze users.

Drivers working under the pilot are making $.54 a mile, which is less than most Uber and Lyft, according to The Wall Street journal. However, Google is not taking a fee, for now.

Waze is an Israeli company that Google acquired for $1.1 billion. The app offers real-time driving directions and updates on traffic jams in order to help drivers get to their destination as fast as possible.

Google’s new venture could potentially become serious competition to Uber since both companies are trying to develop driverless cars and establish automated routes.

The two companies also compete when it comes to creating their own mapping system. Uber used to base its routing off Google Maps, but it recently began to develop its own maps.

Uber — and all the other ride-share apps that exist in San Francisco — is getting a new competitor. Google is turning its traffic app Waze into a carpool ride-share service that is slated to roll out in San Francisco this fall, according to The Wall Street Journal. The new service will be very similar to UberPool, which connects riders with drivers who are heading to the same direction or destination. The carpool service started out as a pilot program at the California headquarters in May, but it was only available to area workers. Now, the service will open to…

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