Cruise CEO resigns as GM accelerates plans for self-driving cars

General Motors announced Thursday that Dan Ammann, CEO of the Cruise self-driving car division, will leave both his position and the company. Details on the reason for Ammann’s sudden departure are scarce, although the company has already named Cruise President and CTO Kyle Vogt as interim CEO. In addition, former Northrop Grumman CEO, Wesley Bush, will also join Cruise’s Board of Directors.

“GM will accelerate the strategy the company outlined in its recent Investor Day, in which Cruise will play an integral role in building GM’s autonomous vehicle (AV) platform as GM aggressively pursues addressable AV markets that go beyond then rideshare and delivery,” GM PR wrote in the Thursday. staff announcement.

The move comes weeks after the company received approval from the DMV to offer autonomous rides to the California public in October and the launch of its driverless taxi service in November.

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