Robotics and AI leader departs Amazon for Autonomous Vehicle(AV) company
Siddhartha “Sidd” Srinivasa is a former Amazon robotics and AI executive, and he recently joined autonomous vehicle company Cruise’s engineering leadership team.
Srinivasa will serve as a Distinguished Engineer at the GM subsidiary, which offers both ride-hailing and delivery services. Before this, Srinivasa founded and led Amazon’s Robotics AI organization that deploys robotics and artificial intelligence in fulfillment worldwide, said Cruise Executive VP of Engineering Mohamad Elshenawy in a LinkedIn post last week.
“Sidd’s deep experience in the field of Robotics and AI will be critical to Cruise as we scale our business,” - Mohamad Elshenawy(Cruise Executive VP of Engineering)
“After a wonderful 4 years at Amazon building and scaling Robotics AI for Fulfillment, I’m excited to start a new journey that’s very close to my heart: inventing algorithms, and partnering with Operations to exponentially scale autonomous mobility,” - Siddhartha “Sidd” Srinivasa
The former Amazon executive should strengthen Cruise’s leadership ranks as it prepares to begin production of its Origin vehicle this year. According to Cruise’s website, Origin’s delivery capabilities include ferrying up to five orders per trip and has locked storage units and customer authentication measures to ensure orders are safe in transit.
Cruise has strong ties with Walmart, a top Amazon competitor. In 2021 Walmart announced it had invested an undisclosed sum in Cruise, highlighting the company’s all-electric fleet as a key reason for the move.
“The investment will aid our work toward developing a last-mile delivery ecosystem that’s fast, low-cost and scalable,” - John Furner (president and CEO of Walmart U.S)