Tesla motors was founded in 2003 and quickly became a leader in the field of commercial electric vehicles and charging technology. It is also a key player in the race to perfect driverless car technology.
The Tesla Powerwall is an excellent energy storage solution designed to help you maximise the return on investment from your solar PV system. It stores energy when there's an excess being generated for use in the evening. There's more than enough storage capacity in one of these units to power the average home for an evening - 6.4kWh. Need more? Multiple units can work in tandem.
Tesla's Autopilot is a form of driver assistance technology that has seen continuous improvement in recent years. It started out with fairly well known features such as parking and cruise control, later adding other features to complement the experience. As of 2016 Tesla models will ship with fully automatic driving capabilities. Though at this time the features will not be active; they will be analysing incoming data for Tesla to improve features & safety, with a view to launch in 2017.
Tesla have been a world-leader in electric vehicles for some time; the first models debuted in 2006. Since then they've gone on to refine and perfect the design to the point where an electric car is a viable option for 'ordinary' motorists. They're also pushing forwards vehicle automation and are currently a leader in the field.
As well as the developing auto-driving software the entire range of vehicles is due to be expanded to other vehicle types such as minivans, utility vans, crossover SUVs and more. The plan is to make it so Tesla vehicles will be widely affordable. Powerwall 2 was recently announced for release in 2017, more details coming soon.