Cruise, the self-driving car company owned by General Motors, confirmed to that its co-founder and chief product officer Daniel Kan has resigned. Kan’s departure comes just a day after the company’s CEO Kyle Vogt on X after a 10-year tenure. Kan is said to have announced his resignation over Slack, however, the reasoning for his departure has not been made clear by the company.
The company’s executive reshuffling follows a public relations nightmare that started last month when a hit a pedestrian in San Francisco and pinned them under the vehicle. The parent company, GM, is still conducting a safety probe on the accident and vehicle operations at Cruise remain suspended. The company’s public image has been reeling from the accident ever since, and about had to be recalled by GM. The California DMV suspended Cruises’ driverless permits shortly after, and that ruling has remained in place.
(1/6) We learned today at 10:30 am PT of the California DMV’s suspension of our driverless permits. As a result, we will be pausing operations of our driverless AVs in San Francisco. https://t.co/A5HAV2WUv7
— cruise (@Cruise) October 24, 2023
In a recent tweet, Cruise said that the company is focused on taking steps “to rebuild public trust.” Things have yet to look up for the company, especially after an expose by revealed that the company knew its self-driving cars have trouble recognizing children and . Furthermore, the former CEO the company would have to lay off an undisclosed number of employees and staff members in a memo.
Cruise has not made any statements about finding replacements for either its CEO or chief product officer as of yet. The reports that “instead of installing a new chief executive” General Motors has appointed two new members to the company board and Mo Elshenawy, Cruise’s executive vice president of engineering, will take up the role of President.