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App-based Carpooling to be Allowed During Commute Hours

App-based Carpooling to be Allowed During Commute Hours

SEOUL, Mar. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — The government, taxi businesses and a shared mobility operator agreed Thursday to permit app-based carpooling services during morning and evening commute hours. Taxi associations have been strongly opposed to the introduction of carpooling services by Kakao Mobility, the operator of South Korea’s largest taxi-hailing app, claiming it will put [...]

Carpooling Services to Begin Once Deal Is Reached with Taxi Industry: Official

Carpooling Services to Begin Once Deal Is Reached with Taxi Industry: Official

SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s finance minister said Wednesday that local carpooling services will only get off the ground after an understanding is reached between Kakao Mobility Corp. and representatives from the taxi industry. The comments by Hong Nam-ki came nearly two weeks after a taxi task force decided to join a [...]

Kakao Teams Up with Tago Solutions To Launch Premium Taxi Services

Kakao Teams Up with Tago Solutions To Launch Premium Taxi Services

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Mobility Corp. announced on January 3 that it has signed a joint business agreement with Tago Solutions in order to provide high quality taxi services and improve the welfare of taxi drivers. With the signing of the agreement, the two companies are planning to introduce high-quality services with [...]

South Korea’s Mobile Taxi-hailing App Raises Driver Income by 37 pct

South Korea’s Mobile Taxi-hailing App Raises Driver Income by 37 pct

SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — Taxi drivers saw a more than 37 percent rise in their income after Kakao Taxi, a mobile taxi-hailing service, was introduced three and a half years ago. Kakao Mobility announced on Monday that taxi drivers, who used to earn 110,894 won per day back in early 2016, now earn [...]

Taxi Drivers Protest Against Kakao’s “Illegal” Carpooling Venture

Taxi Drivers Protest Against Kakao’s “Illegal” Carpooling Venture

SEONGNAM, Oct. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean taxi drivers held a second round of demonstrations in front of the head office of Kakao Mobility situated in Pangyo, Seongnam in Gyeonggi Province yesterday, protesting against Kakao’s expected carpool service. Over 500 members of the “committee against illegal carpooling” – composed of four taxi-related labor unions [...]

Kakao Mobility Joins Hands with JapanTaxi

Kakao Mobility Joins Hands with JapanTaxi

SEOUL, Sept. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Kakao Mobility, a South Korean firm that provides ride-hailing and driver-for-hire services, said Thursday that it has invested 1.5 billion yen (US$13.4 million) for a 3.4 percent stake in Japan’s largest taxi-hailing service, JapanTaxi Co., in a move to expand its services beyond the home market. The two firms [...]

Kakao Spins Off Transportation Services Unit

Kakao Spins Off Transportation Services Unit

SEOUL, Jul. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The division at Kakao Corp responsible for its taxi-hailing and chauffeur services is being separated from South Korea’s largest messaging company, and will be launched as an independent entity next week. Starting in August, Kakao Mobility will operate as an independent entity, separated from its parent company Kakao Corp, [...]