(Reuters) – Chris Urmson, an executive who was instrumental in building Google’s self-driving car project, said on Friday he is leaving the team after seven and a half years.
Alphabet Inc’s Google had named Urmson chief technical officer of the self-driving car project after it hired former Hyundai executive John Krafcik to be chief executive of the project.
Krafcik confirmed Urmson’s departure in a tweet on Friday afternoon.
Urmson, in a blog post late Friday, said he was “ready for a fresh challenge.”
(Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by James Dalgleish)