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Meet the Zimbabwean building driverless cars in the UK

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BY Face2face Africa – January 10, 2020

Pasi William Sachiti is a Zimbabwean serial entrepreneur, who is building driverless cars in the UK, using a combination of advanced robotics and driver-less vehicle technology.

His UK startup, Academy of Robotics has been working on “Kar-go”, a driverless car to solve the last-mile delivery problem.

The vehicle has been developed in collaboration with the UK’s vehicle licensing authority, the DVLA, to travel on the roads at up to about 96km/h.

Pic Credit: Kar-go

Prior to these amazing cars, Sachiti has built quite a number of companies that have been acquired by others. He built “MyCityVenue”, an A.I. driven experiences platform serving 1.6 million users which was acquired in 2015 by Secret Escapes.

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe and moving to the UK at 16, Sachiti started out as an entrepreneur when he was only 19. His first start-up at 19, was called “123-registration”, a domain registration business which was acquired for an undisclosed amount.

Before building “MyCityVenue”, Sachiti was on the BBC Investment program Dragons Den, where he pitched a start-up, “Clever Bins” – a solar-powered digital outdoor advertising bins. The company he pitched traded for three years and subsequently licensed its technology to six countries and local governments before closing in 2013.

Sachiti, who studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Aberystwyth, is now the founder and CEO at Academy of Robotics.

His autonomous vehicle was launched in 2019 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

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During his trip to the UK, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, S.B Moyo together with Zimbabwe’s ambassador to the UK inspected the Kar-go vehicle at an exclusive reception hosted at the Westbury Mayfair hotel.

Sachiti shared his vision to make Kar-go technology available around the world at the event which was organized by Conrad Mwanza and the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards team.

According to Sachiti, he used Zimbabwe roads to train the car’s AI. “There are some great delivery robots out there, but most of them are designed to run on neat pavements or sidewalks of grid-like cities. We want Kar-go to be universally applicable, so we have trained our technology in a number of different environments and of course, for me, Zimbabwe was a natural choice,” he said.

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Kar-go has a software stack that allows it to navigate on unmarked country roads and even without GPS. “It works in conjunction with an app, where recipients can track their delivery and meet the vehicle just like meeting a pre-booked taxi. Recipients will then use the app to open the hatch to release their specific parcel. Inside the vehicle, a patented package management system will sort and re-shuffle packages on the move”.

Kar-go is powered by Telsa batteries and can drive at 60mph and cover around 193km before it needs re-charging.

Pic Credit: Kar-go

According to TechZim, Kar-go uses advanced evolutionary artificial neural networks to train the vehicle in a way that mimics aspects of nature and biology, helping it to learn from events in the past and apply this knowledge to new situations it faces. It adopts a revolutionary terrain-training approach.

In 2010, Sachiti was nominated for HSBC Start-up stars for his company and innovation ‘Clever Bins’. In 2013, he won the Zim Achievers Awards in Business Innovation also for ‘Clever Bins’.

In 2017, Sachiti got the award for the Aberystwyth InvEnterPrize for ‘Kar-go’ and in the same year, he got nominated for the Wales Start-up Awards for the most innovative start-up in Wales.

Sachiti was also named one of the top 2017 “35 under 35” entrepreneurs in Wales.


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OPEN LETTER TO COMMISSIONER-GENERAL OF ZIMBABWE REPUBLIC POLICE

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Dear CGP Godwin Matanga Sir,

I address you, not because I am a former policeman but as a patriotic and peace-loving Zimbabwean. I have decided not to use the proper channel to address you since I am in pain and a great shock. As enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the Police Service must protect and secure the lives of people living in the country. And it should also maintain law and order.

I have read the gruesome murder of an innocent civilian Paul Munakopa by our police officers from Hillside Police Station in Bulawayo. Mr. Munakopa died of injuries after officers opened fire at his vehicle on Saturday 23 May 2020. It pains me to see this kind of police brutality happening daily to my fellow citizens.

Chapter 4 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe is loud and clear ‘RIGHT TO LIFE’. As told by Mr. Munakopa’s wife he was not armed or possession of any weapon. It’s now over a week you have done nothing to bring the culprit to book. Look at what is happening in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States of America last week, a policeman killed an unarmed man, George Floyd. In less than 48 hours the cop was fired from police service and arrested for third-degree murder. The same should happen to the late Paul case here in Zimbabwe.

A fortnight ago three female opposition activists were arrested for staging an illegal demonstration in Harare. The activists were abducted and sexually assaulted whilst in police custody. As a former policeman, I am aware sir, every accused person in police custody is subject to booking and every occurrence at a police station is recorded in the Occurrence Book. What happened to these three ladies? I am praying for your immediate resignation from the Police Service since you do not deserve to lead such a vital government department. It’s far much better to concentrate on farming at your farm. We are sick and of human abuse by Zimbabwe security agents.

Yours in pain

Bloom Tizora (Author of 2 books, blogger, writer and former Zimbabwe policeman)

Bloom Tizora is a Zimbabwean author, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, security advisor, and travel writer. He is a former Zimbabwe Republic Police officer from 2004 until his time of resignation in 2012.

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Fundamental Congruence Analysis

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Fundamental Congruence Analysis

The Fundamental Congruence philosophy is premised on the discovery of the purpose of something and then designing or crafting a system and its related components in way that makes it possible for the whole to effectively achieve its objectives without individual components interfering and undermining the relevance and wellbeing of other components or negatively affecting the whole structure/unit.

In order for us to clearly understand and progressively make use of the Fundamental Congruence concept, we must firstly and separately analyze the meaning of the following words: 1) Fundamental 2) Congruence

Fundamentals are generally the basics or foundation of or for anything. As such, since the whole is made up of different components in order for it to serve its defined purpose,the components thereof must be in their right position and doing the right thing.

By congruence, I refer to the harmonious working together of these basic or primary components in order for them to achieve the desired results.

Let us also look at the dictionary meanings of the words Fundamental and Congruence, so that we can understand better what we are talking about.

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Fundamental means serving as a basis supporting existence or determining essential structure or function while congruence means the quality or state of agreeing, coinciding, or being congruent.

So basically, Fundamental Congruence means a collection and arrangement of components that are fitly joined and working together to achieve a defined purpose.

The arrangement and interaction of these components must be so orderly that no component will expressly or impliedly work against the effective functioning of the other.

In order for us to clearly understand the Fundamental Congruence concept, we must come up with a congruence checklist which helps us to answer the various critical questions that are important for analyzing the relevance, design and layout of components in our structure.

The Fundamental Congruence checklist seeks to define:

1) What is this component?

2) What does it do?

3) Why does it do so?

4) What happens if it does not do so or if does not do it in the right way?

5) Where is this component situated in the anatomy?

6) Why is it situated there?

7) What happens if it is removed or moved to another place or if it is misplaced?

8) Who is in charge of this component and why?

9) How is its effectiveness assessed?

10) What happens if it is effective or not?

These ten questions will help you in designing very effective structures that helps in the easy attainment of results and mission accomplishment.

Without asking these relevant questions, there is a great likelihood of coming up with or maintaining components that interfere with the effectiveness of the other parts or even of the whole structure at the expense of the relevant stakeholders.

This checklist can be applied to any mission across the divide whether it is personal or institutional in nature. It applies to departments in an organization, ingredients in a product and even to social relations in the family or society as whole among others.

Adapted from the book The Fundamental Congruence Analysis Pocketbook written by Brian Kazungu

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Picture Moments with TDG (Tinashe Dereck Goredema), 28/02/2020

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