William Sachiti is known as the inventor for the very first autonomous vehicle capable of going onto roads. Now he's started up a new project to bring autonomous delivery vehicles into the United Kingdom.
The delivery vehicle looks like a cross between a frog and a Formula One race car — and it may be delivering parcels to shoppers’ autonomously in Surrey, on the outskirts of London, by the end of this year.
Sachiti, a serial entrepreneur who has been working on the Kar-go project since 2016, unveiled the vehicle at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK earlier this month.
He said the self-driving electric vehicle will reduce the cost of “last-mile” deliveries by 90 percent.
“Self-driving vehicles will start in the delivery and goods sector,” he said. “Most of what you pay to have a parcel delivered now goes to that last mile of transport to your house. But with autonomous vehicles we can reduce the cost to just 1.2p a mile."
“The first green Kar-go car — which can carry 48 shoebox-sized packages at a time — will be operational by the end of the year.”
This delivery car, invented by the brilliant Zimbabwean, might be the beginning of an era of accepting self-driving cars.
According to Sachiti, the Kar-go has just the one car and needs to raise funding to build out the fleet.
The company raised £300,000 in 2017 to allow it to build its first working model together with Pilgrim Motorsport, a company that makes replica classic sports cars in the UK.
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