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Tesla co-founder joins Clearpath board of advisors

Marc Tarpenning joins Kitchener ON-based robtics firm to support self-driving vehicle development

March 9, 2016  Stephen Law

Clearpath Robotics Inc., Kitchener ON, has added Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors, as a member of its advisory board. Tarpenning will seek to provide the Clearpath leadership team with entrepreneurial and technical insight.

Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors, joins ClearPath as a member of its advisory board.

Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors, joins ClearPath as a member of its advisory board.

“We’re thrilled to have Marc on our advisory board and work with him on a regular basis,” says Matt Rendall, chief executive officer at Clearpath Robotics. “Marc brings experience and insight that will help to guide our team as we accelerate the growth of our business and enter new markets with self-driving vehicle technology.”

Tarpenning co-founded NuvoMedia in 1998, developer of the Rocket ebook – one of the first handheld devices for digital books. In 2003 he co-founded Tesla Motors to build electrical cars and led the development of the Tesla Roadster – the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells. Tarpenning is now an active board member and advisor with numerous esteemed organizations and resides in Portola Valley, California.

“Self-driving technology is clearly on the cusp of a major breakthrough. I’m happy to offer my assistance to Clearpath who, much like Tesla, has ambitious goals for making a meaningful impact on society,” says Tarpenning.


Clearpath Robotics develops self-driving vehicles for industry, as well as providing hardware, software and services to enable self-driving vehicle development, deployment and fleet operation. Clearpath works with more than 500 of the world’s most innovative brands in over 40 countries, serving markets that span industrial materials handling, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace and academia.

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