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Congestion-Reducing Carpooling Services

Waze Carpool Helps Get Cars Off the Road

— October 12, 2018 — Tech
Congestion on major roads across the United States is leading many consumers to seek out an alternative to getting to and from the office, so Waze Carpool has been unveiled by the app as a new solution for users.

The feature works by allowing Waze users to hitch a ride with other drivers in their area for a small fee to eliminate their own need to drive and help drivers out with the associated cost of vehicle maintenance. This isn't meant to replace a living wage but rather supplement a drivers expenses and help them to open up their car to those who need a quick ride.

Waze Carpool can only be accessed from within the namesake app and can be customized thanks to a series of filters to help drivers maintain optimal flexibility.
Trend Themes
1. Carpooling-for-hire Services - There are opportunities for carpooling-for-hire services to expand beyond just commuting to work and provide on-demand carpooling for a variety of needs.
2. Customizable Carpooling Services - Customizable filters present an opportunity for carpooling services to cater to specific needs, such as female-only rides or rides with pets allowed.
3. Cost-saving Mobility Solutions - The success of Waze Carpool highlights an opportunity for other cost-saving mobility solutions that can help users save money while reducing traffic congestion.
Industry Implications
1. Ride-share Industry - The ride-share industry can look to expand its services to include carpooling-for-hire options to appeal to cost-conscious riders.
2. Smart Transportation Industry - As smart transportation systems are implemented in cities, integrating carpooling services with these systems presents an opportunity to further reduce traffic congestion.
3. Corporate Transportation Services - Corporate transportation services can look to implement customizable carpooling options for employees to not only reduce traffic congestion but also improve employee satisfaction and retention.
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