Google merges its Waze and Maps teams into one in latest cost-cutting measure

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Credit: Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority
  • Google is still searching for ways to make the company more cost-efficient.
  • The latest cost-cutting measure will see its Waze and Maps teams become a single unit.
  • The restructuring doesn’t bode well for Waze’s independence.

Earlier this year, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, set off on a cost-cutting mission to make the company more efficient. Since then, we’ve seen the company bring an end to Stadia, half of Area 120’s projects, the Pixel laptop, and more. The latest cost-cutting measure, however, will have its Google Maps and Waze teams merge into one.

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Google is combining the 500-person Waze team with its Google Maps team. The decision to merge the two teams appears to be an attempt to eliminate overlapping mapmaking work across its Waze and Maps products.

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