Cruise is remote vs “driverless”, has a whistleblower, is experiencing crashes and is losing huge sums of money — They are the tip of the iceberg

Michael DeKort
3 min readJul 28, 2022

In the past month or so Cruise has been in the press quite a bit regarding several issues.

They had 60 vehicles stalled in the streets as they were caught lying about being “driverless” when their remote operated systems lost their network connection


They have whistleblower who says they operate recklessly and are unsafe


They were involved in a crash where it appears they bear at least some responsibility’


They are desperately trying to enter new markets and the press is asking if they will ever make money


Keep in mind they still refuse to provide any meaningful proof of their actual capabilities.

While it seems Cruise is in deep trouble, please do not think this is isolated to them. Every AV maker who relies on AI/ML, the real-world and gaming-based simulation will experience the same and worse.

Below are a couple articles that explain my POV in more detail.

The Autonomous Vehicle Industry can be Saved by doing the Opposite of what is being done now to create this technology


Cruise, like Waymo, now says they are driverless with no proof, nor any comment on Waymo’s CA DMV lawsuit to avoid providing safety data


The EU proposes a driverless driver’s test that is pretty good — Waymo, Cruise, Gatik etc would fail it


Waymo and Cruise should prove their systems are legitimately L4


Autonomous Vehicle Industry’s Self-Inflicted and Avoidable Collapse — Ongoing Update


How the failed Iranian hostage rescue in 1980 can save the Autonomous Vehicle industry

My name is Michael DeKort — I am Navy veteran (ASW C4ISR) and a former system engineer, engineering, and program manager for Lockheed Martin. I worked in aircraft simulation, the software engineering manager for all of NORAD, a software project manager on an Aegis Weapon System baseline, and a C4ISR systems engineer for DoD/DHS and the US State Department (counterterrorism). And a Senior Advisory Technical Project Manager for FTI to the Army AI Task Force at CMU NREC (National Robotics Engineering Center)

Autonomous Industry Participation — Air and Ground

- Founder SAE On-Road Autonomous Driving Simulation Task Force

- Member SAE ORAD Verification and Validation Task Force

- Member UNECE WP.29 SG2 Virtual Testing

- Stakeholder USDOT VOICES (Virtual Open Innovation Collaborative Environment for Safety)

- Member SAE G-35, Modeling, Simulation, Training for Emerging AV Tech

- Member SAE G-34 / EUROCAE WG-114 Artificial Intelligence in Aviation

- Member Teleoperation Consortium

- Member CIVATAglobal — Civic Air Transport Association

- Stakeholder for UL4600 — Creating AV Safety Guidelines

- Member of the IEEE Artificial Intelligence & Autonomous Systems Policy Committee

SAE Autonomous Vehicle Engineering magazine editor calling me “prescient” regarding my position on Tesla and the overall driverless vehicle industry’s untenable development and testing approach — (Page 2)

Presented the IEEE Barus Ethics Award for Post 9/11 DoD/DHS Whistleblowing Efforts



Michael DeKort

Non-Tribal Truth Seeker-IEEE Barus Ethics Award/9–11 Whistleblower-Aerospace/DoD Systems Engineer/Member SAE Autonomy and eVTOL development V&V & Simulation