CEO of self-driving company Waymo steps down,replaced by a pair of executives

The top of Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo said on Friday he was venturing down as chief executive and would be supplanted by a couple of executives.

John Krafcik, a long-lasting auto industry executive who has set out Waymo toward over five years, will remain on as a guide, the company said.

“This is a decision John has made after a long and fruitful career in the automotive industry,” Waymo said in proclamation.

Dmitri Dolgov, one of the founders of the Google self-driving car project, and Tekedra Mawakana, who was Waymo’s chief working official and has worked at various tech firms, will fill in as co-CEOs, the company said.

“We’re focused on working close by you to construct, send, and popularize the Waymo Driver,” the co-CEOs said in the proclamation.

Waymo, which was shaped in 2009 as a project inside Alphabet’s Google unit, is generally viewed as the pioneer in creating self-driving technology. However, Waymo is still years from building large-scale businesses, while their opponent Tesla has been selling its semi-automated driving framework.