General Motors (GM) has appointed Dan Ammann as the new CEO of Cruise Automation, replacing co-founder Kyle Vogt, who has been named as the company’s president and chief technology officer.
GM said that the appointments, effective from 1 January 2019, represented the next step towards its commercialisation of autonomous vehicle technology.
“These appointments further demonstrate our commitment to transforming mobility through the safe deployment of self-driving technology and move us closer to our vision for a future with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “As we move toward commercial deployment, adding Dan to the strong team led by Kyle is the next step.”
As GM president, Ammann led the company’s 2016 acquisition of Cruise and was responsible for overseeing the carmaker’s relationship with the autonomous vehicles firm.
“I’m excited to dedicate 100 percent of my time and energy to helping Kyle and the entire team realize our mission of deploying this technology at scale,” said Ammann.
“Dan’s been my partner since General Motors’ initial investment in Cruise and I am thrilled he has agreed to join us full-time,” said Vogt.
“Dan’s thorough understanding of our mission and his operational expertise make him the perfect fit to lead Cruise into commercial deployment.”