Google is Getting Ready to Disrupt Uber With New Carpooling Service

Google is planning to tap into the ride-sharing market, by expanding its commuter-focused carpooling service, Waze in San Francisco.

Waze, which the company acquired in 2013, offers real-time driving directions based on information from other drivers and was run as a pilot program for its employees. The high-tech giant is now offering the service to a larger user base, which allows car owners to offer rides to passengers with whom they are sharing a destination, in exchange for a small sum of money.

While not a direct competitor to Uber yet, Google’s expansion of the service is an indication of the growing odds between the two companies, which might bring them head on in the coming months.