SEOUL, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Kakao Corporation, South Korea’s mobile behemoth, revealed Thursday that it had released a new mobile transportation application called ‘KakaoMetro’. The new app is a complete overhaul of an existing Android app, Subway Navigation, which Kakao acquired back in 2015. Kakao also released an iOS version of the new app.
Kakao improved the existing app by capturing subway system details, including geographical locations and characteristics of the subway lines, in five cities across Korea: the Seoul metropolitan area, Busan, Daegu, Gwangju, and Daejeon.
The new app also includes illustrations of major landmarks such as the 63 Building in Yeouido, and N Seoul Tower near Myeongdong.
It also includes an alarm feature that notifies the user prior to arrival at their final destination. Users can also share their estimated time of arrival via Kakao’s flagship messenger, KakaoTalk.
Furthermore, the app is the first Korean subway application to include information on the subway’s car and door numbers that are nearest to station exits. The app also offers bus transfer information, as well as more detailed station exit information, such as notable facilities near each exit.
Kakao released an English version of the app for international users, and is considering developing a Chinese version of the app in the future.
By Kevin Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org)