Tesla Autopilot chief Andrey Karpathy steps down as company faces reopening crash investigation

January 20, 2016 in China: Gao Yanin, 23, died when the Tesla Model S he was driving crashed into a road sweeper on a highway near the city of Handan, about 300 miles south of Beijing. Chinese media reports that the autopilot was involved.

Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died in an autopilot crash in May 2016.

May 7, 2016 in Williston, Florida: Joshua D. Brown, 40, of Canton, Ohio, died when the cameras in his Tesla Model S were unable to distinguish the white side of a spinning tractor-trailer from the brightly lit sky.

The NTSB found that the truck driver’s failure to give way and the vehicle driver’s inattention due to over-reliance on vehicle automation were the likely cause of the accident.

The NTSB also noted that Tesla’s Autopilot allowed the driver of the vehicle to be dangerously distracted from driving. A DVD player and Harry Potter films were found in the car.

March 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California: 38-year-old Apple software engineer Walter Huang died in a car accident. US Highway 101 with the autopilot on his Tesla.

Federal investigators found that the car accelerated to 71 mph a second before hitting the freeway guardrail.

The NTSB, in a preliminary crash report, also said data showed the Model X SUV did not brake or attempt to go around the barrier three seconds before the Silicon Valley crash.

Photos from the crash site show the crash site on March 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California.

Photos from the crash site show the crash site on March 23, 2018 in Mountain View, California.

March 1, 2019 in Delray, Florida: Jeremy Banner, 50, died when his 2018 Tesla Model 3 crashed into a semi-trailer.

NTSB investigators stated that Banner engaged the autopilot function approximately 10 seconds before the crash, and the autopilot did not perform any evasive maneuvers to avoid the crash.

April 17, 2021 in Houston, Texas.

Tesla crashed into a tree and caught fire in Texas, killing two men – car owner Dr. William Varner and his buddy Everett Talbot.

Police said it was apparent that no one was in the driver’s seat at the time of the accident in Houston’s affluent Woodlands neighborhood on April 17.

But Tesla denied police claims, saying the deformed steering wheel suggests someone is likely in the driver’s seat.

Varner, 59, and Talbot, 69, were both killed in a fatal accident when a Tesla Model S bought used on eBay in January crashed into a tree and caught fire.

Dr.  William Varner, 59 (above), and Everett Talbot, 69, both died in a fatal accident when the Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and caught fire.

Dr.  William Varner, 59, and Everett Talbot, 69 (pictured), both died in a fatal crash when the Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and burst into flames.

Dr. William Varner, 59, and Everett Talbot, 69, both died in a fatal accident when the Tesla Model S crashed into a tree and caught fire.

May 5, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Steven Michael Hendrickson, 35, died when his white Tesla Model 3 crashed into an overturned semi-trailer around 2:30 am on May 5.

Steven Michael Hendrickson, 35, died when his white Tesla Model 3 crashed into an overturned semi-trailer around 2:30 am on May 5.

Steven Michael Hendrickson, 35, died when his white Tesla Model 3 crashed into an overturned semi-trailer around 2:30 am on May 5.

Before his death, the married father of two posted videos on social media of himself riding in an electric car with no hands on the steering wheel and no foot on the pedals.

The crash happened on Highway 210 near Fontana, California, about 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

A preliminary investigation determined that Tesla’s partially automated driving system, called Autopilot, “was engaged” prior to the accident.

The spokesman added that no definitive conclusion had been reached on what exactly caused the fatal crash on the 29th involving Tesla, which was being investigated by the federal agency the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Mack truck Tesla collided with crashed and overturned just five minutes earlier, blocking two lanes of the highway, according to a Highway Patrol report.