Google-owned navigation service Waze is shutting down its six-year-old car-sharing service, citing changing travel patterns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the report: Starting in September, the company will begin the process of winding down the car-sharing service, which was available in the US, Brazil and Israel. Waze said it will explore other ways to serve the 150 million customers worldwide who use its navigation app. “While before COVID-19, Waze was primarily an app for commuting and commuting, today the share of running errands and trips has surpassed the share of commuting,” the company said in a statement provided to The Verge. “This means we have the opportunity to find even more effective ways to bring the global community together to share real-time information and help each other outsmart traffic – something that has always made Waze truly special.” First launched in the Bay Area in 2016, Waze Carpool has since expanded to all 50 US states, as well as Brazil and Waze’s home country of Israel. The service differed from car-sharing services offered by Uber and Lyft in that it allowed non-professional drivers to offer rides to people traveling a similar route for a nominal fee. In 2018, the company launched its own autonomous car-sharing app.

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