On Sunday, Kyle Vogt, the CEO of Cruise, resigned from his role. Cruise is an autonomous vehicle venture owned by General Motors. As per reports from the company, the new president and CTO for Cruise will be Mo Elshenawy. The latter previously served as the executive vice president of engineering at Cruise.
Vogt resigned after the company had made several missteps in the last few months. He confirmed his resignation on Sunday night through a post on the X platform (formerly Twitter). However, he did not provide reasons for his resignation, as he shared plans “to spend time with my family and explore some new ideas.”
Vogt also offered encouraging words for the company, stating – “Cruise is still just getting started, and I believe it has a great future ahead. The folks at Cruise are brilliant, driven, and resilient. They’re executing on a solid, multi-year roadmap and an exciting product vision. I’m thrilled to see what Cruise has in store next!” (source)
The company made several missteps in the last few months. One of the major ones was a voluntary recall of 950 Cruise robotaxis. It also suspended all vehicle operations on public roads after various incidents in San Francisco, leading to criticisms of the company. There were also instances of severe accidents in San Francisco.
Later on, Cruise’s autonomous vehicles also faced suspension from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The body denied permits for the deployment and testing of Cruise’s autonomous vehicles after the incident. The regulators added – “When there is an unreasonable risk to public safety, the DMV can immediately suspend or revoke permit.” Vogt resigned roughly two years after he was reappointed as the company’s CEO. He became Cruise’s CEO after an unexpected departure by Dan Ammann.