Google could compete with services like uber or blablacar with a ride-sharing app. The internet company announced an application based on its traffic service waze, which will initially be tested on a small scale in and around san francisco. For the time being, employees of some participating companies are invited to use the platform for their way to the office. There had already been speculation about such a service from google. Waze is a navigation app acquired by google that calculates the optimal route based on current user information. With "waze commute" the company can build on this infrastructure.
With ride-sharing services, drivers typically can’t charge passengers more than the cost of the ride. Uber, with its uberpool service, is trying to design a system where professional drivers pick up multiple passengers who want to go in one direction on one ride. Blablacar from france, on the other hand, is the rough classic ride-sharing service that also took over the german provider mitfahrzentrale.De.
San francisco and its environs are notorious for rush-hour traffic jams – many employees of technology companies commute between the big city and silicon valley. Google could bring the service into competition with one of its investments: the venture capital arm of the internet company had invested over $250 million in uber in 2013.