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After robotaxi dragged pedestrian 20 feet, Cruise founder and CEO resigns

Kyle Vogt speaks while sitting on a stage during an event.

Enlarge / Then-Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt 2023 on September 20, 2023 in San Francisco. (credit: Getty Images | Kimberly White )

The CEO of self-driving car firm Cruise resigned yesterday following an accident in which a Cruise robotaxi dragged a pedestrian 20 feet. California officials accused Cruise of withholding key information and video after the accident, and the company’s self-driving operations are on hold while federal authorities investigate.

“Today I resigned from my position as CEO of Cruise,” co-founder Kyle Vogt wrote in a post on twitter.com. “The startup I launched in my garage has given over 250,000 driverless rides across several cities, with each ride inspiring people with a small taste of the future,” he also wrote.

Cruise is owned by General Motors, which bought the company in 2016. Vogt expressed optimism about Cruise’s future without him, saying the team is “executing on a solid, multi-year roadmap and an exciting product vision.”

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