Google Is Driving a Blurry Line With Waze Carpool Pilot

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Google Is Driving a Blurry Line With Waze Carpool Pilot

By: Katy Steinmetz
Aug. 31, 2016

When news broke that Google has been pilot testing a ride-sharing program through the Waze app, some were surprised to read that the company “doesn’t plan to vet” drivers. Instead the company would depend on a user-review system, as the pilot expands around San Francisco. But how is that possible, when competitors like Uber and Lyft have to do background checks on their drivers and many city officials have insisted that they should be fingerprinting them too?

The answer is that there is a legal distinction between what Uber and Lyft do and what transportation experts call “true ride-sharing.” And there are hints that Google has been taking pains to make their pilot look like the latter.

To read the full article, visit: http://time.com/4475110/google-waze-carpool-background-checks/

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