Cruise co-founder and CEO Kyle Vogt has resigned. The 38-year-old ex-executive noted that “these 10 years have been amazing,” recalling that “the startup I launched in my garage has provided more than 250,000 autonomous rides in several cities.”
Vogt plans to take a break for now to “explore some new ideas.” Previously, Vogt co-founded the video platforms Justin.tv, Twitch (along with Emmett Shear, who headed OpenAI to this day) and Socialcam.
Today I resigned from my position as CEO of Cruise. (1/5)
— Kyle Vogt (@kvogt) November 20, 2023
A replacement for the vacant position of general director has not yet been appointed, Engadget reports. General Motors may promote Moe Elshenawy, Cruise’s executive vice president of engineering, to this position.
The resignation occurred against the backdrop of a considerable number of scandals, in particular, the Cruise robotaxi crashed into a fire truck – the regulator needs to reduce the vehicle fleet by 50%. Cruise then lost its permit to operate in California after hitting a pedestrian. Vogt himself was remembered for his provocative statement that only cars without a human driver should be allowed into city centers.
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