Google takes on Uber with its own cheaper ridesharing appWaze Rider is expanding as an alternative to Uber and Lyft. It's less expensive than its rivals, but there's a limit to how much you can use it.
Uber and Lyft are now competing with a new ride-sharing service, Google. Yep, Google officially launched its own ride-hailing app. It's called Waze Rider, it's a spinoff of the Waze driving app. The twist with Google's version is that it's more like a carpool. You would book rides to and from work from people who make a similar commute as you do. But as the Wall Street general report, this was a quiet launch. It's only available right now to the San Francisco area and unlike the taxi style service of Uber and Lift, ways rider users are limited to to rides a day, just to work and back. Early users report if to be much cheaper as well Google has been testing this since May and rolling it out to the entire San Francisco area for several weeks now. Google and Uber have a complicated relationship lately. When Uber originally launched, Google invested $250,000 into Uber. And Uber services are also tied into Google apps. For example, you can book a ride from inside Google Maps. But then Uber started hiring Google employees and Uber started testing self-driving cars just like Google. And now both companies are offering ride sharing services. It won't be long before these frenemies are full out rivals That's it for this tech news update. I'm Bridget Cary, you can stay on top of the biggest stories at cnet.com/update. [MUSIC]