Kyle Vogt, the founder of Cruise, has resigned as CEO for the autonomous driving company.
Vogt announced his resignation as Cruise CEO on social media. Notably, this was his second stint serving as CEO, as he took over following Dan Amman’s departure from the robotaxi subsidiary in December 2021.
According to a report from Automotive News, the CEO title will be split between two individuals, Mo Elshenawy and Craig Glidden. Elshenawy currently serves as Cruise Executive Vice President of Engineering and will assume President and Chief Technology Officer duties.
Meanwhile, Glidden currently serves as General Motors’ Executive Vice President of Legal and Policy and as a Cruise board member, and will also assume President and Chief Technology Officer roles. In addition, Glidden has also been appointed to Vice Chairman of Cruise’s board, serving alongside Chair Mary Barra.
As a reminder, this recent development is the latest in the fallout surrounding Cruise over the past two months. For starters, a pedestrian was unintentionally trapped and dragged underneath a Cruise AV unit after being struck by a human-driven vehicle back in early October 2023. Since then, the self-driving company has been under increased scrutiny and subject to various repercussions, including an NHTSA investigation and California DMV driverless permit suspension.
Today I resigned from my position as CEO of Cruise. (1/5)
— Kyle Vogt (@kvogt) November 20, 2023
More recently, Cruise announced that all Cruise AV rides – manual and supervised – have been suspended as the company expanded investigations into its analysis of the aforementioned accident.
“The results from our ongoing review will inform additional next steps as we work to build a better Cruise centered around safety, transparency, and trust,” Cruise claimed in a statement.
Additionally, Cruise also released a recall to update the collision detection system in its robotaxi units, which now provides provisions in the case of another pedestrian-related incident.