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A new approach to driverless mobility

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THE JOURNEY BEGINS

A new approach to driverless mobility.

Vay will launch a driverless, certified, commercial mobility service on public streets. Starting next year.

Unique about Vay is its teledrive-first approach to autonomous driving. Vay’s advanced technology enables a person (the “teledriver”) to remotely drive a vehicle (“teledriving”). This allows for a safe and timely rollout of driverless mobility services that users and cities trust as a human is still in full control.

Teledrivers remotely drive vehicles

Control of all vehicle functions (incl. steering, braking, throttle)

Make all driving decisions

Professionally trained and certified

Follow defensive and safe driving styles

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Redundancies throughout the entire system

Use of multiple cellular networks

Proprietary redundant hardware on telestation & vehicle side

Highest automotive standards (ISO26262, ISO21434, up to ASIL D)

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Addresses top four reasons of today’s fatal urban accidents

Intoxication: Pre-shift checks can avoid driving under influence

Speeding: Smart speed limiters can prevent speeding

Distraction: Augmented navigation on screen can reduce distraction

Fatigue: can be detected through a Teledriver monitoring system

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Additional safety features increase augment human capabilities

360-degree blindspot-free vision

Highlight relevant pedestrians, cyclists or cars on the video stream

Automatic emergency brake on vehicle can react faster than humans

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Vay's Services

Vay will start by offering the most affordable door-to-door transportation service. People can order a car, which arrives within a few minutes, and then drive themselves to their destination.

Upon arrival they will be able to leave the car without having to park it. This will be offered at a fraction of the cost of an Uber ride, which is why Vay believes its service will be highly competitive with owning a car in urban areas. Additional use cases can range from ride hailing to ride sharing, from parcel to food delivery, from buses to trucks.

Safety first.

Vay’s system is built to be safer than conventional driving by controlling the top four causes of fatal urban accidents, which are driving under the influence, speeding, distraction, and fatigue. In addition, Vay’s teledrivers have augmented skills, including 360-degree vision. In addition, relevant pedestrians, cyclists or cars can be highlighted on the video stream.

Lastly, Vay’s system is engineered to the highest and latest automotive safety & cybersecurity standards (ISO26262, ISO21434) and is using redundancies throughout the entire system, including on its hardware components and its cellular network connectivity.

Teledriving as a new path to an autonomous future.
A human-machine collaboration.

Human
Machine
Vay’s teledrive-first approach allows for a safe and timely rollout of mobility services that users and cities trust as a human is still in full control. Over time, while serving customers and based on high quality teledriving data, Vay is able to learn and then launch autonomous features gradually - starting with the ones that are safe and ready to deploy. Vay believes that we will enter a decade of human-machine collaboration instead of directly reaching full autonomy.
OUR VALUES

What we believe in

Thomas von der Ohe

Co-Founder, CEO

WHAT DRIVES ME

You come across an opportunity to positively impact societies around the globe maybe once in your lifetime. An opportunity to truly make a difference. Our unique approach to autonomous driving gives us this chance: redefining how people move in a better way. Building and shipping a product with this great team is what drives me day and night.

BACKGROUND

Launched Zoox’ first self-driving vehicle on public streets as leading Technical Program Manager in Silicon Valley, launched Amazon’s first Echo as leading Technical Program Manager on Device Software, Founded two (funded) mobility companies. M.Sc. Computer Science & Product, Stanford University.

Fabrizio
Scelsi

Co-Founder, Hardware

WHAT DRIVES ME

I love to build products based on cutting-edge technology that nobody has built before in order to serve a greater purpose and solve problems – for the people, for our planet. I am very proud we were able to create a diverse and inclusive team with outstanding engineers from all over the world to drive this impact.

BACKGROUND

Manager of an engineering team in Silicon Valley to build autonomous shuttles, built teams and various mobility products: electric race cars, e-motorcycles, light electric vehicles, electric passenger vehicles, including one of the most successful electric delivery vehicle in Germany. RWTH Aachen, Imperial College London.

Bogdan Djukic

Co-Founder, Software

WHAT DRIVES ME

Vay is aiming to launch the first vehicle without a safety driver on public roads in Europe. This involves exciting engineering challenges, many of which have never been worked on before, ranging from autonomous vehicle technology, cybersecurity, backend, machine learning and safety-critical SW. Coming up with engineering solutions to these topics is something that I’m super excited to work on at Vay.

BACKGROUND

Team Lead at Microsoft, Senior Software Engineer at Skype. MSc. in Computer Science from Belgrade University.

Mariona Bosch

Senior Engineering Manager

WHAT DRIVES ME

Working closely with people from different cultures and professional backgrounds (hardware, software, operations, etc.) gives me the chance to learn new ways of approaching projects, structuring teams, and setting up processes every day. The results of this incredible teamwork are hugely rewarding, and visible in each step of our product.

BACKGROUND

Part of the leadership circle at AUDI AG, responsible for the implementation of prototypes at early development stages of new products (innovation vehicles, concept and pre-series vehicles, show cars, design models, testing single parts, PoCs, 3D-printing)

Daniel Buchmueller

SVP Engineering

WHAT DRIVES ME

To learn every day, and to build cool things as well as engaged and high performing teams at the intersection of software & hardware. I believe in applying first principles, a collaborative and open approach to build products that change people’s lives for the better.

BACKGROUND

– Director of Engineering at Boring company (SW, Mechanical engineering, EE, technicians, System)
– Co-founder Amazon Prime Air
– CTO at Volansi (autonomous drone startup in San Francisco that raised $75m)
– VP, Head of Drone Cargo, Airbus. Built and shipped the (image matching and augmented reality) services for the iOS Bing App and operating system for Windows Phone
– Driven by invention > 65 issued patents

Hans-Leo
Ross

Director of Safety

WHAT DRIVES ME

All my professional life I have been working for the protection and safety of people and the environment.
I want to further provide safe and user-friendly automation systems for our future mobility needs.

BACKGROUND

– 25+ years experience in system safety at Conti., Mando, Bosch.
Led the VDA working group in Germany to create ISO26262 and influenced worldwide safety standardisation
– Author of several text books on functional safety

Friederike Reuter

Chief of Staff, Head of Strategy

WHAT DRIVES ME

Solving complex problems with ambitious and talented people who don’t accept the status quo. And having fun at the same time.

BACKGROUND

Political theorist turned economist turned venture builder. I hold degrees in economics from Harvard and Oxford, where I was a Rhodes Scholar, and spent a couple years as a consultant incubating and advising digital businesses at BCG.

Christian Hertlein

Director of Design and Brand

WHAT DRIVES ME

Building the future of mobility, which is sustainable and serving truly the needs of people, by creating a holistic experience, a relatable brand and shaping services that are going to make a difference to how we move within and between cities.

BACKGROUND

Head of Global Design at N26, Senior Lead Designer at IDEO, in-car interactions for Volkswagen.

David
Gossow

Engineering Lead

WHAT DRIVES ME

After having worked in autonomous robotics research for a long time in the Silicon Valley, I am thrilled to be working at a company that is finally bringing this technology into people’s everyday lives.

BACKGROUND

Tech Lead at Google Tango in Mountain View, Research Engineer at Willow Garage, yoga instructor since 2018.

Gabriella Petróczi

Teledriver

WHAT DRIVES ME

Growing up in a family that loves cars, I was always surrounded by different vehicles. I love driving and fixing minor problems in the cars. I was always very interested in the newest technology and how to make driving more comfortable and safer. I’m more than happy to be part of the team who makes this possible!

BACKGROUND

Luckily, I was surrounded by cars throughout my professional life. I worked for Damiler and Bosch, experienced component level development, project coordination and keeping the (mostly pre-series) fleet safe.

Vladimir Bilonenko

Senior Engineering Manager

WHAT DRIVES ME

Helping engineers to do their best and most important work. Elegance in software. Bringing ideas from books to real life and from one domain to another. Going from A to B fast.

BACKGROUND

Software Generalist. Maps and Mobility Geek (Lon, Lat not Lat, Lon). High Load at Yandex, Geo Analytics and Last Mile at HERE Maps, Mobility Platform at Daimler. Conway’s Law Enthusiast.

Beatrice
Tîrziu

Software Engineer

WHAT DRIVES ME

The people around me. Seeing the team have such drive, determination and passion is unique and certainly contagious.

BACKGROUND

Having a BSc and MSc in Computer Science, I joined Vay as a Software Engineer in the company’s first months and early in my career. Still growing and learning together two years later.

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Niall Wass

CEO, SVP, COO, CCO at various tech enabled consumer start-ups. Former SVP International, Uber across 50 countries. Investor at Atomico & currently on 5 boards including Vay.

Patrick Pichette

Partner at Inovia Capital, chairman of the board at Twitter, former global CFO at Google.

Cristina Stenbeck

Board member of Spotify, chairman of the board at Zalando, former executive chairman of Investment AB Kinnevik.

Niklas Zennstroem

Founder of Skype, Kazaa and Atomico.

Jeannette zu Fürstenberg

Founding Partner at La Famiglia, Member of the Digital Supervisory Board of Lufthansa, Investor into Lilium, the leading EVOTL company, Kodiak Robotics, the market leader for autonomous simulation software.

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Mobility/Tech Investors and Entrepreneurs. 

Robert Lacher

Founding Partner of Visionaries Club & La Famiglia. 

Qasar Younis

Co-founder and CEO of Applied Intuition, former COO and Partner of Y Combinator.