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Look out Uber! Google’s ride-sharing rival to take over Silicon Valley

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Google will expand its fledgling Waze Carpool service across Silicon Valley, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

The platform, launched as a trial in May this year, will become available to all Waze users in the San Francisco area this autumn, the WSJ’s sources say. If successful Google will seek to open up the service further afield.

Google’s is pitching the Carpool platform for those heading in the same direction, rather than a direct taxi replacement a la Uber and Lyft.

The Waze tool is also far less expensive than its rivals charging a high of only $0.54 per mile. The idea behind this is to make Waze less about drivers doing it as a living and more about inspiring them to take someone along on a journey they’re already taking.

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While Lyft and Uber do offer pooling services, these are still operated by a driver essentially acting as a cabbie.

The expansion will mean anyone in the Bay area will be able to sign on to drive or ride with the service.

Google purchased Waze from its Israeli founders in 2013 and currently has about 65 million users on the books.

The community sourced mapping app relies on users to help each other out by reporting delays, speed cameras, police presence, accidents and more.

That same community would be responsible for preventing bad drivers using the ride-sharing element, rather than driver vetting, according to the WSJ report.

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