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Google expands Waze ridesharing to all in San Francisco

Google's ridesharing ambitions appear to be growing. Anyone in the San Francisco area can now hail a ride through the Waze app.

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Alphabet's Google has been quietly expanding a Waze ridesharing pilot program to more people. As of Thursday, it's available to any interested Waze users in the San Francisco area, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal (paywall).

Unlike typical ridesharing services, Waze really is ridesharing: it lets people already driving somewhere connect with passengers and pick up some extra cash while doing it. It maxes out at 54 cents per mile and still seems to be limited to 2 rides per day, though.

Google has been gradually rolling out Waze ridesharing to San Francisco-area users for several weeks, said the Journal. The company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Happy commuting, San Franciscans!