SEOUL, Dec. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Taxi drivers across the country are being tasked with helping to track down criminal suspects and missing people.
Kakao Mobility, the operator of South Korea’s largest taxi-hailing app Kakao T, is scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding with the National Police Agency (NPA) early next year to cooperate in finding criminal suspects and missing people across the country.
The company was spun off from Kakao Corp., the operator of South Korea’s most-used messenger KakaoTalk, in 2017.
Kakao T vehicles will receive messages from the NPA about the personal information of criminal suspects or those who need to be rescued through a KakaoTalk channel.
If drivers come across the people concerned, they can send relevant information through a hotline set up in the KakaoTalk app.
Messages will be sent only to the drivers in work mode among those based in an area where the NPA has issued a ‘wanted’ notice.
At present, the number of Kakao T drivers across the country is estimated at about 230,000.
M. H. Lee (email@example.com)