Waze Carpool Expands to More States
Google has made its Waze Carpool service available to a handful more states around the country. The service has been in testing in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2016 and is now available in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin. Waze Carpool lets people find rides from nearby Waze users. People can select carpoolers based on profiles, ratings, and filters. While carpooling, Waze users are eligible to use HOV lanes, and will always be guided via the fastest route. Waze also pitches the service as a way to cut down on commuting costs for riders and a way to earn gas money for drivers. The app is free to download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.
Android Auto Can Now Navigate with Waze
Jul 26, 2017
Google today made Waze available within Android Auto. The new integration means those who prefer Waze to Google Maps can take advantage of Waze via their car's in-dash infotainment center.
Waze to Keep You Rocking While You're Driving
Oct 30, 2018
Waze recently partnered with more music services so people can access and listen to their favorite content while navigating between points. Waze partnered with Spotify last year, but announced an expanded media player within the Waze mobile app that works with seven new content providers.
Google Refreshes Nearby Connections API for P2P Interactions
Jul 31, 2017
Google today released the Nearby Connections 2.0 API to developers, which will eventually help Android devices find, connect to, and communicate with other nearby devices all on their own. The vision is to make it possible for Android handsets to automatically share information with internet-of-things-type devices, such as personal temperature preferences with thermostats, Netflix playlists with connected television sets, and so on.
Foxconn Commits to Building Wisconsin Factory
Jul 26, 2017
Foxconn today said it will build a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, where it will make LCD panels and employ up to 3,000 people. The company previously announced it might invest up to $10 billion in the U.S.
Google Testing Hands Free Mobile Payments
Mar 2, 2016
Google today announced a new pilot program that will allow people to pay for goods and services without taking their phone out of their pocket. Hands Free Payments relies on location data, WiFi, Bluetooth beacons, and other sensors to detect nearby participating stores.