Kakao collaborates with government to develop easy transportation for handicapped

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : November 21, 2019, 15:32 | Updated : November 21, 2019, 15:32

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SEOUL -- Through cooperation with government bodies, South Korea's web service giant Kakao will release a safe guide service that would the handicapped to find their way around complicated subway stations and other indoor facilities.

The Ministry of Interior and Safety said on Thursday that it would collaborate with Kakao and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport to develop the safe guide service that focuses on improving transport accessibility for handicapped and other vulnerable people such as parents with baby carriages who may find it hard to navigate inside subway stations and other indoor structures.

According to the ministry, it takes about 10 to 20 minutes for a transport vulnerable person to transit to another line inside a subway station. The easy guidance service will provide optimized routes to find elevators, escalators and vertical transports without having to explore the whole facility. It will also provide locations for bathrooms and other convenience facilities.

The ministry said that information about 981 train stations would be provided through public data portal websites. Once the service is developed, its application programming interface will be provided as open-source so that the private sector can develop new services.

Using public WiFi signals and mobile communication networks, Kakao provides indoor maps and navigation features for selected buildings and subway stations. 

 
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