Co-founder and CEO of Cruise Kyle Vogt resigned. In his announcement at X, the 38-year-old CEO said the past ten years have been great for him and boasted that the startup from his garage has grown into a service that provides more than 250,000 driverless rides in multiple cities. As for what Vogt does next, he plans to first take a break to help him open to new ideas.
Meanwhile, General Motors has promoted, according to TechCrunch Mo Elshenawyho, executive vice president of engineering at Cruise, to president and CTO of its robotic taxi subsidiary. For the vacant post of general manager no replacement has been named.
Vogt’s resignation comes after General Motors last week installed executive vice president of legal affairs and policy (and already Cruise board member) Craig Glidden, who became the administrative director of a company producing autonomous vehicles. They are now subject to the Gliddens Cruise’s legal, communications and finance teams.
General Motors has yet to name a permanent safety director, although it is continuing an expanded safety investigation into the infamous accident with the help of an independent engineering consulting firm. In an October 2 crash, a human driver hit a pedestrian who was in the path of the Cruise robot taxi, which ended up running over her and dragging her 20 meters. Cruise’s autonomous and manual vehicles remain suspended, affecting its fleet of 950 robot taxis.