This San Francisco cruise apparently didn’t know how to move out of the way on a narrow street to let a bus pass.
Matt Rosoff, CNBC
General Motors’ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit has fired nine “key executives” amid ongoing safety investigations sparked by a crash in San Francisco in October, according to an internal message obtained by CNBC.
The departures include leaders from Cruise’s legal, government affairs, business operations and security and systems teams, according to the company-wide message, which GM and Cruise spokespeople confirmed authenticity.
The message says “new leadership is needed” so the company can regain trust and operate “with the highest standards of safety, integrity and accountability.”
The shake-up, which was first reported by Reuters, follows an initial analysis of Cruise’s response to an Oct. 2 accident involving one of Cruise’s robo-taxis, which dragged a pedestrian after the person was hit by another vehicle. Last month, Cruise suspended all U.S. road operations following reports of an accident.
The company also faces regulatory pressure and fines for potentially misleading or withholding information about the accident.
GM CEO Mary Barra, who is also Cruise’s chairman, said last week that the company was “very focused on righting the ship” at Cruise. Its actions include two ongoing external security reviews that will guide the company’s path forward. They should be completed in early 2024.
“Today’s personnel decisions are a necessary step for Cruise moving forward as the company focuses on accountability, trust and transparency. GM remains committed to supporting Cruise in these efforts ” GM said in an emailed statement Wednesday.
Cruise CEO and co-founder Kyle Vogt and co-founder and chief product officer Dan Kan have also both resigned from the self-driving taxi company.
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