Fewer people commuting due to the COVID-19 pandemic means fewer people needing to carpool. That’s why Google-owned Waze has decided to shut down its six-year-old app that matches drivers and drivers heading in the same direction. The edge. The company will start shutting down the feature in September this year in the US, Brazil and Israel.
Waze’s carpool app was particularly popular with commuters – the service was offered so companies could offer it as a transportation alternative for workers. Waze carpool drivers would be paid (up to 54 cents per mile) to pick up passengers living on their commute. Instead of making extra money, most carpoolers saw it as an opportunity .
“While pre-COVID Waze was predominantly a commuter app, today the share of errands and trips has surpassed commuting,” Waze said in a statement The edge.
The rise of teleworking and safety precautions during the pandemic has made carpooling much less popular. Although more people are returning to the office this year, interest in carpooling has not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels Washington Post . More and more people have hybrid working hours or only come into the office for meetings or other events, which makes coordinating carpools or van pools less convenient. As a result, more and more people are driving to work alone.
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