GM Cruise co-founder, senior exec Dan Kan quits day after CEO exit

A self-driving GM Bolt EV is seen during a media event where Cruise, GM's self-driving car unit, showed off its self-driving cars in San Francisco

A self-driving GM Bolt EV is seen during a media event where Cruise, GM’s autonomous car unit, showcased its self-driving cars in San Francisco, California, U.S. November 28, 2017. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights

Nov 20 (Reuters) – General Motors’ ( GM.N ) Cruise co-founder and chief product officer Daniel Kan has resigned, the company told Reuters on Monday, a day after Cruise CEO Kyle Vogt quit.

A spokesman for Cruise said Kan announced his departure in a Slack message. The company and Kan offered no other details.

In his message to employees, seen by Reuters, Kan noted that Cruise had been serving 10,000 rides a week. “I know Cruise will achieve it again soon,” he wrote.

The new exit comes at a tumultuous time for self-driving taxi maker Cruise, which is undergoing a safety review of its US fleet, prompting Vogt to step down on Sunday.

Vogt, 38, offered little explanation, saying simply “I have resigned from my position” in an email to staff seen by Reuters on Sunday.

Cruise’s woes are also a setback for an industry that relies on public trust and the cooperation of regulators. The entity had in recent months touted ambitious plans to expand to more cities and offer fully autonomous taxi rides.

Vogt’s resignation came after GM and the board at Cruise increased their control over its management.

Cruise is retiring after an October accident that ended with one of Cruise’s self-driving taxis pulling over a pedestrian. Cruise pulled all of its vehicles from testing in the United States to conduct a safety review.

Kan did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

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Over the weekend, Vogt apologized to the staff for the company’s continuing problems. “I take responsibility for the situation Cruise is in today,” he wrote in an email. “There are no excuses and there is no sugar coating what has happened.”

GM shuffled management at Cruise, including naming general counsel Craig Glidden as CEO, bringing in a third-party safety officer and appointing co-presidents.

Autonomous vehicle regulation is still nascent and monitored largely on a state-by-state basis. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told reporters Monday that the federal government will do everything it can using existing regulatory powers to ensure Cruise and other autonomous vehicles are deployed safely.

Reporting by Greg Bensinger in San Francisco; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama; Editing by Chris Reese and Cynthia Osterman

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Greg Bensinger joined Reuters as a technology correspondent in 2022, focusing on the world’s largest technology companies. He was previously a member of the New York Times editorial staff and a technology beat reporter for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He also worked for Bloomberg News, writing about the automotive and telecommunications industries. He studied English literature at the University of Virginia and majored in journalism at Columbia University. Greg lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.