Cruise CEO resigns after self-driving fleet pulled

Kyle Vogt, CEO of General Motors’ (GM) self-driving car division Cruise, resigned on Sunday amid growing safety concerns about the company’s self-driving cars.

Vogt announced his resignation Late Sunday night, Platform X, formerly known as Twitter, did not provide many details about what prompted the decision.

“The startup I started in my garage has completed more than 250,000 driverless rides in several cities, each time inspiring people with a little taste of the future,” Vogt said. I am. I wrote to X. “Cruise is still in its infancy, but we believe it has a great future ahead of it.”

Vogt sent a farewell message to his colleagues at Cruise and GM, advising them to “remember why this work is important.”

“The current state of our roads is terrible, but together we have proven that there is something much better around the corner,” Vogt said, adding that he has spent time with his family and “ He added that he intends to “explore new ideas.”

Cruise’s robotaxis have come under intense scrutiny in recent months following a series of crashes. Earlier this month, the company recalled about 1,000 cars for a software update.

The recall comes after Cruise announced last month that it would suspend unmanned operations on its entire fleet to “examine” its processes and tools.of Suspension extended The company banned supervised and manual vehicle operations earlier this month while it underwent a safety review.

Oct. 2 – Safety concerns were raised following an Oct. 2 accident in which a Cruise vehicle pulled a pedestrian to the side of the road, where the pedestrian was hit by another vehicle and forced into the path of the Cruise vehicle. Concerns came to the forefront. submission to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the car’s software misclassified the crash as the car attempted to swerve off the roadway without stopping.

In response to this accident, the state of California revoked Cruise’s driverless license, stating that the company’s cars were “unsafe for public driving” and that the company had “misrepresented” safety information. Ta. The California Department of Transportation provided Cruise with a list of changes needed to regain its self-driving vehicle permit, but did not provide details.

Cruise won approval to transport fare-paying passengers last year and began testing self-driving cars on San Francisco roads in August, according to the Associated Press.

However, later that month, the company agreed to cut its fleet by half after two vehicle collisions.

According to the Associated Press, Cruise announced in a statement that its board of directors has accepted Vogt’s resignation and that Mo El-Shenawy, Cruise’s executive vice president of engineering, will become president and chief technology officer.

Cruz said Craig Glidden will become president and continue to serve as Cruise’s chief administrative officer, the Associated Press reported.

The Hill has reached out to General Motors and Cruise for further comment.

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