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Ontario robotics firm gets high-powered board member

Clearpath Robotics has added a Tesla Motors co-founder to its advisory board

KITCHENER—Clearpath Robotics has announced Tesla Motors co-founder Marc Tarpenning, has joined its advisory board.

Tarpenning will provide Kitchener, Ont.-based Clearpath with what the company describes as “entrepreneurial and technical insight.”

“We’re thrilled to have Marc on our advisory board and work with him on a regular basis,” said 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 and developed the Rocket ebook, one of the first handheld devices for digital books. In 2003 he co-founded Tesla Motors to build electric cars and led the development of the Tesla Roadster—the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells.

Tarpenning is currently an active board member and advisor with numerous 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,” said Tarpenning.

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