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Sharearide App to assist commuters

Corrugated Minds Company has launched a Sharearide App to assist Batswana to maintain social distancing when using public transportation in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the launch in Gaborone last week, the coordinator of Botswana Innovation Fund, Ms Sithembile Dingake said the fund set aside P2.8 million towards financing five innovative solutions from Batswana youths to curb the spread of the virus. 

Ms Dingake announced that Corrugated Minds, represented by co-founder Mr Pako Morapedi, was amongst the BIF third call for proposals and resumed working on the solution since September 2020.

She noted that the solution brought by the company had reached the greenlight and was ready for adoption within the transportation space. 

She said the solution addressed the social distancing needed to hinder the spread of COVID-19, particularly in public places such as bus ranks and stations. 

Ms Dingake urged Batswana to embrace the concept as the solution and assured the nation that the innovation hub was aligned to support the business for sustainable development even beyond graduation from the programme. She emphasised that intellectual property rights protection, continuous monitoring and evaluation, soliciting marketing access internationally, and lobbying for further support from government would be among other interventions they had arranged to support the company for future development.  

Meanwhile, Mr Morapedi said at Corrugated Minds they were mandated to speed up technological acquisition among Batswana through rapid urbanisation which accentuated on taking strategic solutions to the people. 

He said in their research to develop the transport system in line with COVID-19 protocols, they realised that well over 300 000 commuters used public transport as shown by Statistics Botswana data compilation of 2019.  

He also noted that 20 000 buses were available to help provide transport to travellers where social distancing and contacting tracing was being adhered to without compromise.

Mr Morapedi reiterated that it was where the platform ‘Sharearide’ came to account for the safe travel of commuters in public transport. 

He noted that the platform was a mobile and web-based app accessible through smartphones and Internet services using laptops and desktops. 

Mr Morapedi stressed that the app allowed travellers to navigate and identify their chosen mode of transport and make a booking from the comfort of their homes. 

He said having conceptualised solutions and coming with a value-added benefit under the stipulated eight weeks, they presented the app to Batswana to enjoy travel like never before from their palm. 

Mr Morapedi also said they went an extra mile to assist bus owners with record-keeping and to become more efficient in their operations. 

He said the assistance extended to the registration of clients for easy contact tracing. 

He also noted that their service provided a solution towards meeting the demands of both transport owners and commuters. 

Mr Morapedi said they had run a pilot project to assess the performance and gaps that might be need further redress.  

He pleaded with bus owners to adopt the concept for better service delivery ahead of the coming holidays to avoid aggravating the spread of COVID-19.

Mr Morapedi assured Batswana that they deployed measures of international recognition through subscribing with Digital Ocean and another company that assists big companies like Google with security features. 

He said they reviewed data protection rules and policies to make sure that information presented by commuters was not exploited by those with malicious intends.ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Marvin Motlhabane

Location : GABORONE

Event : Sharearide app launch

Date : Feb 22 Mon,2021

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