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20 November 2023

Daily Newsletter

20 November 2023

Cruise CEO resigns

Comes after GM’s robotaxi unit lost license to operate

Dani Cole November 20 2023

Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise, General Motors’ robotaxi unit, has resigned.

He made the announcement on X, formerly Twitter. In a statement, he said:

“Today I resigned from my position as CEO of Cruise.

“The last 10 years have been amazing, and I’m grateful to everyone who helped Cruise along the way.

“The start-up I launched in my garage has given over 250,000 driverless rides across several cities, with each ride inspiring people with a small taste of the future.”

He added that he plans to spend time with his family and “explore some new ideas.”

Mr Vogt’s resignation comes after Cruise lost its license to operate its AVs a few weeks ago, when California’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) called for an “immediate suspension”.

It followed an incident in October when a pedestrian in San Francisco was struck by a hit-and-run driver and subsequently thrown into the path of a Cruise AV, which then dragged the pedestrian further.

Cruise announced earlier this month it would temporarily stop production of its Origin vehicle, and that it would recall all 950 of its vehicles off the road for software updates.

According to Reuters, the Cruise board has named GM general counsel Craig Glidden as Cruise’s chief administrative officer.

Mo Elshenawy, currently executive vice president of engineering, will step up as president and chief technology officer.

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