Waze launches carpool feature nationwide

Mapping app Waze is making a feature that encourages people to share rides available to all users around the nation this week in a bid to limit single occupancy ridership and cut down on congestion.

Waze Carpool had been tested in several states and matches drivers with potential riders who are going in the same direction, charging riders 54 cents a mile. The app lets drivers choose riders and can filter them based on criteria like gender, a star rating or their place of employment. In the first weeks of the service, rides will be capped at $2, drivers will get incentives for recruiting riders, and companies that sign up to help employees carpool will get free rides for the rest of the month.