And the #JobWellDoneSA Award goes to Elon Musk
Elon Musk is a South African-born business magnate, inventor and investor. He’s the co-founder of and chief product designer at Tesla Motors (a company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components).
Last night Tesla Motors announced the Tesla D at a conference in Los Angeles. According to Huffington Post:
“The Tesla D will be able to accelerate to 60 miles per hour (roughly 100 km/h) in just over 3 seconds thanks to its dual motors, making it one of the fastest-accelerating sedans ever, Engadget reported. Musk said, “The ‘D’ stands for dual,” according to KCBS. It will also have a longer range of travel on a single charge, 275 miles (442 km), an increase of 10 miles (16 km) from its rear-wheel drive models.
Other features of The D include a system that can change lanes for the driver when prompted by a turn signal, and a computer that reads speed-limit signs and sets the car speed accordingly. The autopilot will even enable the car to park itself after the driver hops out. The safety features are enabled by a network of 12 sensors that monitor the car’s environment for assisting the driver in spotting pedestrians and moving in reverse. Musk said of the suite of driver-aid features, “It’s like active safety within the limit” of affordable science and regulations.”
Elon Musk was born in 1971 in Pretoria and attended Pretoria Boys High School and Waterkloof House Preparatory School. He taught himself computer programming when he was 12 and sold the code to a computer game he wrote for $500. He moved to Canada with his mother when he was 17 and studied at Queens University (in Ontario). Later on he moved on to the University of Pennsylvania where he achieved a bachelor’s degree in Physics. He has also received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School.
Besides Tesla Motors, Musk has also co-founded SpaceX (a company that develops and manufactures advanced space launch vehicles), PayPal (an international e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers via the internet), Solar City (a provider of energy services) and Zip2. Musk has also conceptualized Hyperloop (a high-speed transportation system that he describes as a “cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table”).
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