GM’s Cruise dismisses 9 top executives amid robotaxi safety probes

The autonomous vehicle company believes new leadership is key to rebuilding trust after one of its robotaxis hit a pedestrian in October, according to a company memo viewed by Reuters.

General Motors’ Cruise robotaxi unit has dismissed nine executives amid an ongoing safety investigation after a company vehicle struck a pedestrian in San Francisco, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing an internal memo.

Among the executives dismissed are Chief Operating Officer Gil West, Chief Legal and Policy Officer Jeff Bleich and senior vice president of government affairs David Estrada, Cruise confirmed to Reuters.

California regulators suspended permits for Cruise to deploy its autonomous ride-hailing vehicles on public roads in the state, leaving the company’s future in doubt. Cruise has since voluntarily suspended all of its U.S. operations amid the ongoing safety probes.

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