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Carpooling App Under Fire as Taxi Drivers Stage Major Protest

Carpooling App Under Fire as Taxi Drivers Stage Major Protest

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – In the latest chapter of the controversy revolving around rideshare startup Poolus’ 24/7 pickup feature, taxi drivers marched on the Seoul City Hall en masse, dashing the metropolitan government’s plans to hold a town hall meeting of reps from the carpooling, taxi and government sectors to hash out a [...]

Airlines to Impose Higher Fuel Surcharges on Int’l Routes Next Month

Airlines to Impose Higher Fuel Surcharges on Int’l Routes Next Month

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s airlines will impose higher fuel surcharges on international passengers next month due to the rise in jet fuel prices, industry sources said Thursday. Local airlines didn’t impose fuel surcharges on long-haul routes from May to September, as the average price of jet fuel remained below the benchmark [...]

CJ Logistics’ Chinese Affiliate Snaps Up Wuhan Firm for 20 Billion Won

CJ Logistics’ Chinese Affiliate Snaps Up Wuhan Firm for 20 Billion Won

SEOUL, Nov. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — CJ Logistics Corp., the logistics arm of South Korea’s food and entertainment giant CJ, said Thursday its affiliate purchased a Chinese company for 20 billion won (US$18 million) as part of its efforts to boost its competitiveness in the neighboring market. CJ Logistics said its Chinese affiliate CJ Rokin [...]

Seoul Government to Discuss Carpool Service

Seoul Government to Discuss Carpool Service

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – The Seoul Metropolitan Government is expected to hold a discussion next week on controversial carpool services that have been accused of violating the Passenger Transport Service Act. The meeting is expected to gather together experts and officials from the taxi and ICT industries, civic groups, and government officials to [...]

Budget Mobile Carriers Struggling

Budget Mobile Carriers Struggling

SEOUL, Nov. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korean mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) are struggling to survive amid growing competition, with Homeplus set to pull out of the industry later this month. There are fears that Homeplus’s announcement that it was withdrawing its MVNO service Plus Mobile from next month will cause a chain reaction in [...]

Jin Air to Launch Chatbot Service

Jin Air to Launch Chatbot Service

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – Jin Air Co., the low-cost carrier unit of Hanjin KAL Corp., launched a chatbot service on Tuesday, giving automatic answers to customers through an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm, the company said. “Jaid” is an online messaging tool that uses deep-learning technology to answer questions from customers about various information [...]

Airlines, Entertainment, Banking Industries Roll Out Limited Chatbot Services

Airlines, Entertainment, Banking Industries Roll Out Limited Chatbot Services

SEOUL, Nov. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – A portmanteau of “chat” and “robot”, chatbots are computer programs designed to simulate human conversation in both spoken speech and text format. With the seemingly inevitable advent of artificial intelligence approaching nearer by the day, South Korean airlines, entertainment and banking industry players are taking measures to get ahead [...]

Only 38 Percent of Online Posts Positive on Automated Convenience Stores

Only 38 Percent of Online Posts Positive on Automated Convenience Stores

SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Korea Bizwire) – With new breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and other next generation technologies seemingly unveiled every other day, the potential impact of these innovations has drawn a line between optimists and pessimists, with the latter found to outnumber the former by a considerable margin, at least in South Korea. [...]