A day after word of job cuts spread at Cruise, the autonomous vehicle robotaxi company announced it is laying off contractors who worked on its ride-hailing services.
The company stated layoffs for some workers before telling The Standard that it had made "the difficult decision to reduce a portion of the contingent workforce that supported driverless ride-hail operations."
Cruise said the workers were responsible for "cleaning, charging and maintaining the fleet, and we’re grateful for their contributions.”
The workers, contracted through third-party vendors or staffing agencies, also fielded questions from riders about items left behind in vehicles. The company did not share any numbers on its layoffs.
General Motors-owned Cruise announced a recall of all its vehicles to allow for software upgrades this week. The recall was due to an Oct. 2 incident where a woman was dragged by a Cruise vehicle after another vehicle knocked her into its path.
According to the recall notice filed with federal regulators, the Cruise "inaccurately characterized the collision as a lateral collision," which led the vehicle to pull over out of traffic instead of remaining still.
In a Wednesday blog post, the company also announced it plans to carry out additional measures to help rebuild consumer trust and shore up safety protocols.
Some of the safety measures described in the Wednesday blog post include naming a new interim chief safety officer and retaining law and engineering firms to examine and analyze the Oct. 2 incident.
The company is still carrying out limited supervised driving in some markets, as well as mapping and supervised testing, as part of technical improvements.
According to GM's third-quarter earnings report, Cruise has lost more than $2 billion this year through the end of September.
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