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Independent investigation uncovers systemic issues in GM’s Cruise division

After the incident, Cruise underwent a significant leadership overhaul, resulting in the resignation or dismissal of its co-founders and nine other leaders.

Based on a recent investigation by a third party, regulatory oversights and allegations over cover-ups at General Motors‘ Cruise autonomous vehicle unit stem from difficulties related to culture, incompetence, and inadequate leadership that have dogged the firm since October.

In October 2023, a pedestrian in San Francisco was hit by a Cruise robotaxi after being hit by another car, raising concerns about the safety of autonomous vehicles. Following this incident, Cruise suspended its operations and faces multiple investigations, including one by the Justice Department.

The company underwent an independent investigation, which concluded that the regulatory oversights and allegations of cover-ups at the company are due to difficulties related to culture, incompetence, and inadequate leadership that have dogged the firm since October.

On January 25, investigators released a 105-page report examining whether Cruise representatives had intentionally misled reporters or investigators regarding the accident. Although the report revealed pervasive problems with the company’s culture, the independent investigation concluded that the evidence “Does not establish that Cruise leadership or personnel intended to deceive or mislead regulators” during briefings a day after the accident.

After the incident, Cruise underwent a significant leadership overhaul, resulting in the resignation or dismissal of its co-founders and nine other leaders. The company has also laid off 24% of its workforce, including contractors.

The findings from Quinn Emanuel stated, “It was a fundamentally flawed approach for Cruise or any other business to take the position that a video of an accident causing serious injury provides all necessary information to regulators and otherwise relieves them of the need to affirmatively and fully inform these regulators of all relevant facts.”

Cruise claimed to have filed a voluntary recall with the NHTSA in November after updating the software to fix the fundamental problems.

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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