Google’s Waze to expand Uber-like ride-sharing service in San Francisco: Report

Alphabet’s Google will launch a ride-sharing service in San Francisco this fall, and may expand it if successful, an unnamed source told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

The Google carpooling service, powered by navigation app Waze, could be a rival to services like UberPOOL, and comes on the heels of reports that Alphabet executive David Drummond resigned from Uber’s board of directors over concerns about a conflict of interest.

Google’s ride-sharing service began as a pilot program around the company’s headquarters, and charged riders at most 54 cents a mile, according to the Journal. That’s less than most rides from Uber, or competitor Lyft, the Journal said, although Google’s app focuses specifically on shared rides, rather than on-demand taxi services.

Anyone with the Waze app in the San Francisco area could participate, the source told the Journal. The project builds on Waze’s past ride-sharing ambitions, as well as Google’s hopes for its self-driving technology, the Journal reported.

Google did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

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