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<pre><pre>Waze improves carpool service so that drivers can take several passengers

The Waze navigation app from Google now allows drivers pick up more than one passenger at a time when you use the app's carpooling function. VentureBeat notes that Waze now supports to pick up a maximum of four passengers, which you can do by tapping the "+" icon after confirming a first ride. With the new function, drivers can use lanes with a higher vehicle (HOV) 3+ wherever possible.

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Despite the obvious parallels with Uber's pool service, the new feature does not stop at turning Waze into a fully-fledged trip sharing app. When the service was launched nationally in October last year, the company noted that drivers are limited to offering only two trips a day, and the feature is designed to match you with other people who live and work in the same locations. Unlike ride sharing apps, which, according to research, actually contribute to traffic instead of reducing it, Waze's service is designed to make existing car journeys more efficient rather than encourage more.

The differences between ride-sharing apps and Waze do not prevent drivers from earning a small amount from offering carpool rides. Even if you take several passengers, prices are adjusted so that the total amount that you earn does not exceed the amount that you spend on gas and wear.

The increased capacity for Waze carpooling was launched early this week, and VetureBeat notes that it is available wherever the Carpool service is, including currently the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Israel.