Kakao Mobility partners with Splyt to expand transportation app

Kakao Mobilitya mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) platform based in South Korea, is extending its transport offer to other Southeast Asian countries, via a partnership with Split.

The deal gives Kakao T app users access to local taxis, private cars and motorbikes in seven other countries, including Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Splyt provided the technical integration for the development while Grab provides the transportation element.

The integration automatically translates departure and destination details into the local language for users calling a vehicle from abroad.

The development also offers users various payment options, including mobile phone micropayments.

“This partnership is a cornerstone of Kakao Mobility’s goal to develop a global mobility platform. Being able to provide global roaming service enables Korean domestic travelers to enjoy a smooth mobility experience to expand into the overseas market,” said Dong-Hoon Shin, Kakao Mobility Business Unit Manager. MaaS.

“In addition, our advanced technologies for realizing mobility services, such as our own mapping and routing engine, allow us to introduce various mobility services to a global market beyond simple means of transport.”

Kakao Mobility landed $200 million in funding just over a year ago from the Carlyle Group.

The company said at the time that the investment would accelerate the growth of its smart mobility platform.

Philipp Mintchin, CEO of Splyt, says, “We are proud to expand our partnership with Kakao Mobility to more and more countries, enabling true mobility roaming via the awesome Kakao T app.”

Splyt received $19.5 million in funding in 2020 in a round led by SoftBank Corp.