Elon Musk is at the forefront of some of the most futuristic technology developments imaginable.
Tesla Motors was in existence before Musk came along but he led the company’s Series A investment round in 2004 and joined the board as its director.
In 2008 Musk assumed control of the company as CEO and product architect and the company has really been revolutionising the car industry since.
The company has set about bring zero-emission cars to the world and has launched cars such as the Model S around the world. The electric car has a range of over 200 miles and the manufacturer has set about creating a network of supercharger stations across North America.
To accelerate the production of electric cars Musk revealed in 2014 that the company would allow its technology patents to be used by anyone in good faith.
One of the big advancements the company has made is with AutoPilot, a semi-autonomous driver assist that is available in all of its cars that have been manufactured since September 2014.
The cars have a camera on the top of the windshield, a forward looking radar, and ultrasonic acoustic location sensors.
The equipment allows the car to detect road signs, markings, obstacles, other vehicles and so on. A Tech Package option can enable semi-autonomous driving, called Summon, and parking capabilities called AutoPark.
The Gigafactory project from Tesla Motors, of which Musk holds a 22% share, is a data centre that will form part of the company’s $5bn battery plant in Nevada.
Musk said in a press conference recently that a second Gigafactory will be built in Europe.