Waze kicks off carpooling pilot program in San Francisco

If you live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may get a chance to test a new carpooling feature in Waze. The Google-owned navigation app has officially begun testing the new carpooling service in the Bay Area, aiming to take a stab at making the process of setting up rides with others easier while also helping to cut down on road congestion.

According to SFGate, the pilot will cover some 25,000 employees at select companies with which Waze has partnered. To use the feature, those looking for a ride can use the Waze Rider app to find someone already headed in their direction. Drivers can simply use the Waze app to accept additional riders. Riders and drivers will share the cost of gas, with Waze handling payments automatically.

This follows an initial carpooling pilot launched by Waze in its home country of Israel in 2015. For now, the pilot is limited to the companies with which Waze has partnered. However, if you're interested in learning more, you can head to Waze's website to read more about the test and register for updates when the program expands.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster