Wednesday, May 18, 2016

This experiment puts Google one step closer to driverless ridesharing - The Washington Post

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"The Google-backed carpool experiment differs significantly from some of the biggest companies in the ride-hailing industry, such as Uber and Lyft, which are explicitly designed to provide drivers with a supplementary source of income. These mainstream companies also tout the work flexibility that their drivers enjoy; whether it's serving weekday commuters or late-night partiers, the contractors can choose to drive during the times that suit them best.

By contrast, Waze Carpool drivers won't be paid — at least for now — beyond the 54 cents per mile that riders will be charged for gas and other routine expenses. And Waze Carpool will only be available to users twice a day, during the morning and evening rush hours.

Still, the offering represents an important first step by Google into ridesharing, one that sets the stage for a future service that could potentially involve not just human drivers, but self-driving cars."
This experiment puts Google one step closer to driverless ridesharing - The Washington Post
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