The executive had been one of the more controversial hires at Cruise after he was involved in allegations at his former employer, Uber, claiming he fostered a foul office culture, specifically with women. Gangadhar said he was leaving Cruise on good terms and cited disagreements with CEO Kyle Vogt for his departure.
Gangadhar was cleared of any wrongdoing at Uber, and a source told Bloomberg the rate of female hires increased under the ex-CTO. This included a “seasoned woman executive,” which the former Cruise executive said is “no small feat.”
Cruise Automation has been working to catch up to Alphabet’s Waymo division, and the GM subsidiary plans to roll out commercialized self-driving cars next year. The plans remain in place following news a self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.