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Uber’s self-driving efforts face further delays as another executive quits

Posted: 18 April 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

Yet another high-level executive has left Uber, the latest departure is VP of global vehicle programs, Sherif Marakby.

Markaby, poached just last April from Ford, was one of the key orchestrators of Uber’s self-driving program. After 25 years at Ford he launched the autonomous initiatives at Uber but is leaving the ride-sharing firm before these plans reach their next phase.

“Self-driving is one of the most interesting challenges I’ve worked on in my career, and I’m grateful to have contributed to what will soon be a safer future for everyone,” he said in a statement confirming his departure.

Makarby is the latest in a long line of executives to quit Uber in recent months. The company has been surrounded by multiple scandals including (but not limited to) allegations of a culture of sexism, a lawsuit brought against it by Google’s Waymo and one of its self-driving cars being involved in a crash in Arizona in March.

Marakby joins president Jeff Jones, head of Uber AI Labs Gary Marcus, head of PR and policy and PR amongst others in leaving the firm in the last few months.

Uber told TechCrunch that “Sherif’s deep experience and knowledge of the automotive industry have helped us tremendously in working to make self-driving cars a reality.”

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