Google combines Maps and Waze teams as pressures mount to minimize prices • TechCrunch

Google plans to mix the teams engaged on its Maps product and on Waze, a mapping service that Google acquired in 2013. The merger comes as a outcome of the search engine large feels the stress to minimize prices and consolidate operations, reviews The Wall road Journal.

Waze’s staff of 500 staff will fall beneath Google’s Geo group, which oversees Maps, Earth and road View, starting Friday. Neha Parikh, Waze’s current CEO, will depart her function.

Google instructed WSJ it plans to protect Waze as a standalone service — Waze is thought for its crowd-sourcing of en route knowledge like places of pace cameras, cop automobiles and roadkill.

Google additionally mentioned it didn’t anticipate any layoffs as a component of the reorganization. nonetheless, layoffs abound inside the tech world, whether or not you’re a startup or an Amazon. they usually usually hit the hardest the place there are redundancies between teams. certainly, Google mentioned it expects the restructuring of the completely different mapping providers to scale again overlap in mapmaking.

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has mentioned he hopes to make Google 20% extra productive by working “on fewer assets.” talking at Code convention in September, the supervisor mentioned the agency had flip into slower attributable to over hiring and appeared to hint that merging teams that work on overlapping merchandise would assist the agency carry on extreme.


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