With Google's own navigation app Waze, drivers can now pick up more than one passenger at a time using the app's car sharing feature. VentureBeat notes that Waze now supports the inclusion of a maximum of four passengers. You can do this by tapping on the "+" symbol after confirming a first trip. The new feature allows drivers to have 3-lane High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) vehicles, if available.
Despite the obvious parallels to Uber's pool service, Waze's new feature no longer makes it a full-fledged ride-on app. When the service was launched nationwide last October, the company discovered that drivers are only allowed to offer two trips per day and that the function is designed to connect you with other people who live and work in similar places. Unlike carpooling, which studies suggest to be more traffic-friendly than to reduce traffic, Waze's service was designed to make existing car journeys more efficient, rather than more.
The differences between Ride Apps and Waze do not prevent drivers from making some money on carpools. Even if you take multiple passengers, the prices are adjusted so that the total amount you earn does not exceed the amount you spend on gasoline and wear, and VetureBeat notes that it's available everywhere is where the ride center service is available, where currently the US, Brazil, Mexico and Israel are available.