CEO of GM's autonomous vehicle unit, Cruise, steps down amidst mounting safety concerns, jeopardizing the future of self-driving cars
Kyle Vogt has resigned as CEO of Cruise, GM's autonomous vehicle unit, due to safety concerns surrounding the company's self-driving fleet. A series of collisions and a recall of 1,000 cars have led to scrutiny and the revocation of driverless permits in California. Despite these setbacks, Cruise aims to rebuild with a focus on safety and transparency.
Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise, General Motors' autonomous vehicle unit, has announced his resignation amid growing safety concerns surrounding the company's self-driving fleet. Vogt made the announcement on social media platform X, stating that Cruise has given over 250,000 driverless rides and still has a promising future. However, the company's robotaxis have faced scrutiny following a series of collisions, leading to a recall of nearly 1,000 cars for software updates. One incident involved a pedestrian being dragged by a Cruise vehicle, prompting a safety review by authorities.
As a result, California rescinded Cruise's driverless permits. In response to the safety concerns, Cruise initiated a pause in operations and appointed independent experts to conduct a review. The company aims to build a better Cruise centered around safety, transparency, and trust. Mo Elshenawy, Cruise's executive vice president of engineering, has been appointed as the new president and chief technology officer (CTO) as part of a wider restructuring.
The board accepted Vogt's resignation, with Craig Glidden serving as president and continuing as chief administrative officer for Cruise. Cruise's safety issues, including unexpected stops and potential risks to public safety, have raised questions about the future of the company and the autonomous vehicle industry as a whole. The recall and Vogt's resignation could potentially hinder the deployment of fully autonomous vehicles and lead to stronger federal regulations. Despite the setbacks, Cruise remains committed to advancing autonomous vehicle technology to make transportation safer, cleaner, and more accessible.