Contract employees of Cruise’s autonomous ride-hailing service were among those laid off, the company reported on Thursday, according to CNBC. Personnel involved in fleet charging, car cleaning, and customer service inquiries were among those let go.
The business refused to disclose a precise figure.
In a statement, a business representative told CNBC that “Cruise has made the tough decision to remove a section of the contingent personnel that supports driverless ridehail operations.” “We appreciate the contributions of these contract workers, who were in charge of tasks like cleaning, charging, and maintaining the fleet.”
Cruise told CNBC that the layoffs are indicative of its present supervised driving operations and that the firm has no set schedule for when it would start offering autonomous services again.
Since Cruise, owned by General Motors, was approved in August for 24-hour robotaxi service in San Francisco, there have been numerous safety concerns and problems. This announcement comes after that. Following a collision involving a pedestrian, Cruise stated this week that it would recall 950 robotaxis. Cruise’s deployment and testing permits for its driverless vehicles were stopped by the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Tuesday, October 31, with immediate effect.
According to a statement from the California DMV, “the DMV can promptly suspend or revoke permits when there is an excessive risk to public safety.”