Google Entering Carpool Lane in Israel

By

Google launched its crack at a ride-sharing service in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv Monday, aiming at supplementing traditional taxi services and transportation start-ups like Uber and Lyft. The service is hosted on the Waze app, the crowd-source traffic and navigation application that Google purchased in 2013, or can be used through a standalone app called RideWith for those who do not use Waze.

The new app allows passengers looking for a ride to be matched with commuters who are going to be driving along the same route. Passengers then pay for a share of the gasoline as well as a surcharge for general wear and tear on the car. Google receives a small percentage as well, the source of its profits. Much like Uber, payments are exchanged through credit or debit cards linked to the app.

This venture is not without controversy: much like Uber last year, there has been some discussion about how much drivers using Google’s service can be regulated. In order to attempt to circumvent this, Google has limited the service so as to only connect passengers with drivers who are already on the route they use to travel. In other words, the driver cannot briefly function as a taxi driver, and can only pick up two passengers per day.

Image via Shutterstock

Google does not see this new service as a direct competitor to Uber. A spokesman was quoted as saying “RideWith is an experiment in the Tel Aviv area that doesn’t compete with Uber: it’s a platform built to enable local drivers to help each other during busy commute hour.” However, if successful, RideWith will likely pull at least some consumers away from Uber, as those who used to take taxis or Uber cars home from work may look to share a ride instead.

If RideWith is able to succeed in Tel Aviv, it could spread to other major cities and become the next big thing in ride sharing and transportation services. It can allow drivers and carless commuters to work together and carpool where they need to go. Hopefully, this will lead to fewer cars on the road and thus fewer emissions. 




Edited by Dominick Sorrentino
Get stories like this delivered straight to your inbox. [Free eNews Subscription]

Contributing Writer

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

Why Block Websites? Understanding the Reasons

By: Contributing Writer    5/6/2024

The internet is such an expansive network where every click can lead to information, entertainment, or opportunities for productivity. However, this a…

Read More

ChatGPT Isn't Really AI: Here's Why

By: Contributing Writer    4/17/2024

ChatGPT is the biggest talking point in the world of AI, but is it actually artificial intelligence? Click here to find out the truth behind ChatGPT.

Read More

Revolutionizing Home Energy Management: The Partnership of Hub Controls and Four Square/TRE

By: Reece Loftus    4/16/2024

Through a recently announced partnership with manufacturer Four Square/TRE, Hub Controls is set to redefine the landscape of home energy management in…

Read More

4 Benefits of Time Tracking Software for Small Businesses

By: Contributing Writer    4/16/2024

Time tracking is invaluable for every business's success. It ensures teams and time are well managed. While you can do manual time tracking, it's time…

Read More

How the Terraform Registry Helps DevOps Teams Increase Efficiency

By: Contributing Writer    4/16/2024

A key component to HashiCorp's Terraform infrastructure-as-code (IaC) ecosystem, the Terraform Registry made it to the news in late 2023 when changes …

Read More