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Google's Waze expands carpooling service throughout US

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google will begin offering its pay-to-carpool service throughout the U.S. in an effort to reduce the commute-time congestion that its popular Waze navigation app is designed to avoid.

The expansion announced Wednesday builds upon a carpooling system that Waze began testing two years ago in northern California and Israel.

Drivers willing to give someone a ride for a small fee to cover some of their costs for gas and other expenses need only Waze's app on their phone. Anyone willing to pay a few bucks to hitch a ride will need to install a different Waze app focused on carpooling.

Waze says about 1.3 million drivers and passengers have signed up for its carpooling service as it gradually expanded. Waze itself has 130 million users worldwide.

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