cocoa Corp, one of the largest IT-companies of South Korea, has developed a car-sharing App. The Korea-Uber to revolutionize transportation in South Korea. More than 70,000 people have already as a driver register. The service wants to be around a third cheaper than the official Taxis.

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The taxi drivers are terrified, they fear for their livelihood. The example of New York, you can see what happens when a highly regulated taxi drivers have to fight against competitors, for almost no regulations exist. Also in New York, taxi drivers have not taken the life, because they knew more.

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In Korea, has now set the second taxi driver in front of the Headquarters of the Sharing service on fire to protest against the platform, cocoa Mobility. In Asia, self-immolation is traditionally regarded as the ultimate Form of protest. Within a few minutes managed to quell the fire and to rescue the driver from the vehicle. However, he later succumbed in the hospital for his severe burns.

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a farewell note for the family

The police found a canister in his car. “A burnt diary was found in the Taxi. There was a message for the family, which can be regarded as his last will and Testament”, it was called by the police. In the diary of the man complained about his hard life as a taxi driver, and expressed himself against the car service, police said.

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The colleagues of the dead man told the Korean press that he was one of the most active protesters against the ridesharing service. Before the man set himself on fire, he sent his colleagues a message, in which he made the Sharing service responsible for the tragedy. “He was full of rage as he spoke to us and said: ‘We are all going to die’,” says the head of the Association of Korean taxi drivers.

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The U.S. service on the Korean taxi driver stopped in the year 2015, with protests and lawsuits. Driving services with private cars are banned in South Korea, but cocoa has identified a gap in the law. The service should operate as a driving community of commuters, because sharing the ride to work is allowed.

in December a 57-year-old Taxi driver killed. He poured petrol over himself, as he is in front of the Parliament, parked the car and then lit himself on fire. In a farewell letter he wrote: “I sacrifice my life in the hope that a taxi driver one day, viable can earn wages”.

Then, around 100,000 drivers demonstrated in front of the national Assembly. They demanded that the government may ban the App. Then, the Sharing has been set to service. Assurances that a final stop, the company was not, however.

the World taxi drivers are under pressure. Services like Uber make them direct competitors, but also to car-sharing offers, you lose customers. And the biggest shock – the introduction of cars without a driver – is yet to come.

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