Google mentioned on Thursday it’s going to merge groups running on mapping provider Waze and merchandise like Google Maps, efficient Dec. 9, in a bid to consolidate processes.
The Alphabet Inc-owned corporate will combine Waze, which it bought in 2013 for $1 billion, into Google Geo, its portfolio of real-world mapping merchandise that come with Google Maps, Google Earth, and Side road View, a Google spokesperson mentioned.
Waze CEO Neha Parikh will go out the corporate following a transition duration, Google mentioned, including that Waze will proceed to be a standalone app, with about 151 million per thirty days energetic customers international.
“Through bringing the Waze crew into Geo’s portfolio of real-world mapping merchandise, the groups will take pleasure in additional greater technical collaboration,” the spokesperson mentioned.
In a letter dated July 12, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai mentioned the corporate would streamline processes and consolidate investments the place they overlap.
In February 2021, Waze’s former best govt Noam Bardin mentioned it struggled to develop inside Google and that Waze will have “almost certainly grown sooner and a lot more successfully had we stayed impartial.”