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Late-night Taxi-sharing App Launches

Late-night Taxi-sharing App Launches

SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A new late-night taxi-sharing and matching service was launched in Seoul on Thursday. The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and the service’s operator, Kornatus, announced the launch of the “Banban (half-half in Korean) Taxi” service. Banban Taxi is a mobile application-based service that matches passengers with similar routes so that [...]

S. Korean Mobility Sector in Crisis as Gov’t Caters to Taxi Industry

S. Korean Mobility Sector in Crisis as Gov’t Caters to Taxi Industry

SEOUL, Jul. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — A prolonged dispute between the taxi industry and the mobility service industry is drawing to a close as the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced new regulations on Wednesday obligating mobility platforms to pay public donations. The ministry also decided to restrict all mobility platforms except for those [...]

Easing Regulations for App-based Hailing Services Eyed in Return for Contribution

Easing Regulations for App-based Hailing Services Eyed in Return for Contribution

SEOUL, Jul. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — In what could signal an end to a monthslong tussle between conventional taxi service providers and new mobility platform operators, the government on Wednesday proposed easing regulations for new ride services, while outlining measures to support the taxi service industry. The taxi industry has been at odds with ride-sharing [...]

Controversy Deepens over Accepting Ride-sharing Services or Protecting the Taxi Industry

Controversy Deepens over Accepting Ride-sharing Services or Protecting the Taxi Industry

SEOUL, May 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Controversy looms over innovation and protection of victims as the dispute between Tada, a ride-hailing service, and the taxi industry continues to deepen. Experts argue that the 4th Industrial Revolution and the expansion of the sharing economy has made it inevitable for the ride service industry to go through [...]

Uber to Launch Cab-hailing Service in Seoul

Uber to Launch Cab-hailing Service in Seoul

SEOUL, Apr. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — Uber Technologies Inc. announced on Tuesday that it will be launching a cab-hailing service in Seoul. Uber Taxi, available for all Seoulites, automatically assigns cabs at the nearest location when customers hail a taxi. Information on the driver will be displayed in the app once the taxi is assigned. [...]

SK Telecom and Coactus Introduce Taxi App for Drivers with Hearing Disabilities

SK Telecom and Coactus Introduce Taxi App for Drivers with Hearing Disabilities

SEOUL, Mar. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — SK Telecom Co. (SKT), in collaboration with Coactus Ltd., a South Korean social firm, released a “T map Taxi” application specially designed for cab drivers with hearing disabilities on Thursday. The new application notifies the driver of incoming ride requests via a blinking lamp and allows the driver to [...]

AI System Predicts High-demand Locations for Seoul Taxis

AI System Predicts High-demand Locations for Seoul Taxis

SEOUL, Mar. 11 (Korea Bizwire) — Artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be introduced to conduct a real-time estimation of the locations with the highest demands for cabs in Seoul. Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that an AI taxi system test driven last November on 380 taxis showed 97.2 percent accuracy in predicting locations with high demand [...]

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 [...]