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Waze Debuts Carpooling App RideWith in Israel

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | July 08, 2015

Waze Debuts Carpooling App RideWith in Israel

One of the fastest-growing trends in travel is the ridesharing industry, and Google-owned mapping app Waze is now getting in on the carpool craze by introducing its RideWith service.

For right now, though, this is just a test.

According to the official website of Waze, the company is beginning its pilot test program in the Gush Dan region of Israel, and will offer customers who use Android phones the ability to find carpool options during the busiest times of the day.

After riders download the RideWith app from the Google Play Store, customers can connect with drivers and potential riders on similar commute routes. To use the app, though, customers need the right amount of drivers and riders in a certain area, and users may not be able to use the service until more people sign up.

As for how much the service costs, the RideWith app will calculate the cost of gas and depreciation based on route mileage, and suggest an amount for the user to pay. It is the driver’s right to accept or decline the ride and rate.

If you don’t mind potentially negotiating a price, carpooling can be a great way to get around in heavily populated areas. Not only can it reduce travel and fuel costs for both driver and riders, but it also can ease the strain on the environment and reduce the number of cars on the road.

If Waze as a company can find success with the RideWith app in Israel, the hope from people who use the Waze app already is that the service could one day be functional enough to work in the United States.

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