Seoul has seen its first ever deaf taxi drivers take to the road this week

South Korea’s capital Seoul has seen its first ever deaf taxi drivers take to the road this week, thanks to new software that’s been launched to help reduce the local stigma of hiring hearing-impaired people, it’s reported.

According to the Korean Times news website, two deaf taxi drivers began transporting passengers around the city this week, aided by software developed by the local Coactus start-up.

Describing how it works, the Yonhap News Agency says that dual tablets have been installed in the front and back seat of taxis, which is linked to the firm’s “Goyohan Taxi” or “Silent Taxi” app.

The app includes voice-to-text conversion, and enables passengers to specify both destinations and preferred drop-off point, as well as their payment method of choice, reports BBC.

It was developed by a group of students in the city, led by computer engineering graduate Song Min-pyo.

“We wanted to provide deaf people with more job opportunities,” Mr Song told reporters.

“We knew Koreans would step out of a taxi the moment the driver tried to communicate with a notepad and a pen… so we developed this app.”

Mr Song says he was inspired by an initiative launched by taxi hire firm Uber in May 2015 to promote awareness of hearing-impairment, by adding special features to its app for its hard-of-hearing drivers.

Yonhap says that Coactus is hoping that more deaf drivers on the road will help break stigma across South Korea about hearing-impaired drivers.

Some 255,000 people have hearing impairments in South Korea, according to recent Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics.



This article has been posted by a News Hour Correspondent. For queries, please contact through [email protected]
No Comments

Translate this News

Join the Facebook Group

Click here to join the Facebook group of News Hour

Popular Posts

Sacred Games exposes Rajshri Deshpande nude [video]
Samsung Bangladesh announced exciting offers at Dhaka International Trade Fair 2019
Grameenphone brings in the iPhone 11 series in Bangladesh
Anurag Kashyap shoots Kubra Saith 7 times nude and made her cry for frontal nudity scene [Video]
New ride sharing app 'Let's Go' in Dhaka Bangladesh
Samsung brings lucrative offer at DITF 2020


News of the Month

Scroll Up
%d bloggers like this: