As recently covered by GM Authority, Cruise Founder Kyle Vogt resigned as the self-driving company’s CEO in response to the increased backlash surrounding an incident where a pedestrian was trapped underneath a Cruise AV unit after being struck by a human-driven vehicle. Now, Cruise Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer (CPO) Daniel Kan has also turned in his resignation at the autonomous driving subsidiary.
According to a report from Reuters, Kan announced his decision via Slack – a messaging app. Notably, this development comes just one day after Vogt announced his retirement from the company.
It’s worth noting that no one has yet been named as a replacement for Kan.
Interestingly, General Motors executives – including CEO Mary Barra – did little to alleviate the concern surrounding Cruise. In a meeting earlier this week, The General didn’t address the questions about the self-driving subsidiary’s future, or a controversial plan to halt a share resale program.
As a previously mentioned, the incident where a pedestrian was unintentionally trapped and dragged underneath a Cruise AV has lead to increased scrutiny as of late. While the aforementioned accident took place back in early October 2023, Cruise has since been subject to various repercussions, including an NHTSA investigation and California DMV driverless permit suspension.
Of course, Cruise has taken actions to address this nightmare. All Cruise AV rides – manual and supervised – have been suspended as the company expands investigations into its analysis of the incident, along with a recall to update the collision detection system in its robotaxi units, which now provides provisions in the case of another pedestrian-related incident.
“I take responsibility for the situation Cruise is in today,” Vogt claimed in a statement over the weekend. “There are no excuses, and there is no sugar coating what has happened.”