The crisis surrounding the General Motors subsidiary, which is developing driverless taxis, began on October 2 when one of the prototypes was involved in a collision with a pedestrian in San Francisco. By mid-November, Cruise stopped testing prototypes with drivers behind the wheel on public roads. This week, Cruise announced the resignation of its CEO.
Since the investigation into the October incident began, Cruise has prioritized restoring public and investor confidence. Following the revocation of its commercial license in California, it voluntarily suspended driverless travel throughout the United States. Last week, the transportation of passengers with a driver at the wheel, who was called upon to control and insure the automation, was suspended. As of the end of last week, Cruise in the United States only retained the ability to conduct tests at closed test sites.
Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt announced his resignation on his personal page on the social network X. Vogt emphasized that the company is still at the beginning of its journey, and there is a “great future” ahead. Mohamed Elshenawy, the former executive vice president of development, will now serve as Cruise’s president and chief technology officer. He will share the position of president with Craig Glidden, who will retain his post as Cruise’s chief administrative officer.