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.

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.

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.

A new approach to driverless mobility

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The Journey Begins

Vay will launch a driverless, certified, commercial mobility service on public streets. Starting later this 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

Vay’s teledrivers control all vehicle functions including steering, braking and throttle, and make all driving decisions ensuring effortless, safe and efficient journeys. Our teledrivers are all professionally trained , certified and follow defensive and safe driving styles.

Redundancies throughout the entire system

Vay’s use of multiple cellular networks combined with proprietary redundant hardware on both telestation and the vehicle side, ensures redundancies throughout our entire system. We abide by the highest automotive standards from ISO26262, ISO21434, up to ASIL D).

Addresses top four reasons of fatal urban accidents

We address the top four causes of fatal urban accidents: intoxication by pre-shift checks that can avoid driving under the influence; speeding by establishing smart speed limiters; distraction by delivering an augmented navigation on screen that can reduce diversions; and our Teledriver monitoring system that can detect early fatigueness.

Additional safety features increase augment human capabilities

Vay has developed a 360° degree blindspot-free vision that can highlight relevant pedestrians, cyclists or cars on the video stream. This, combined with Vay’s automatic emergency brake that is able to react faster than humans, delivers fast and safe responsiveness.

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.

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.

Human
Machine

It’s safer

Our solution can drastically decrease the leading factors for fatal urban accidents: driving under the influence, speeding, distraction, and fatigue.

Cleaner Air

Introducing sustainable, electric, and highly utilized vehicles means less pollution and less cars in cities.

Mobility For Everyone

Our solution is affordable and accessible to people from all backgrounds and locations, whether from city centers or suburban areas.

Our Values

What we believe in

We pioneer change

At Vay, we’re doing work that has never been done before. This comes with challenges, frustrations and failures along the way. We embrace these challenges through perseverance and innovation, delivering creative solutions to overcome them.

We fuel collaboration

At Vay, we work as a team and strive for a common goal. We celebrate diversity and encourage different opinions. Our teams and partners collaborate and communicate openly. Together we build, improve and grow.

We drive action

At Vay, everyone takes pride and commitment in their role for every task and every challenge. We are biased towards action and get behind the steering wheel, even when there is none. We are empowered to take initiative and drive it to completion.

We build trust

At Vay, we consistently do the right thing and follow through on our commitments to stakeholders, users and society. We understand their expectations and always respond in a way that feels human and respectful. We always put safety first and safety second.

We create magic

At Vay, we don’t just make things that work, we build products people love. We create unexpected and delightful moments for our riders. We design end-to-end experiences that leave a lasting impression.

Meet the team

Employee Spotlight

Thomas
von der Ohe

Co-Founder, CEO

Fabrizio
Scelsi

Co-Founder, Hardware

Bogdan
Djukic

Co-Founder, Software

Mariona Bosch

Senior Engineering Manager

Daniel Buchmueller

SVP Engineering

Hans-Leo
Ross

Director of Safety

Friederike Reuter

Chief of Staff, Head of Strategy

Christian Hertlein

Director of Design and Brand

David
Gossow

Engineering Lead

Vladimir Bilonenko

Senior Engineering Manager

Beatrice
Tîrziu

Software Engineer

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German mobility startup Vay raises $95m

German mobility startup Vay said on Tuesday it had raised $95 million from investors such as Kinnevik, Coatue and Eurazeo, as it planned to launch its first car-rental service in Hamburg next year. A customer could use a mobile app to book an electric car that would be delivered to the pick-up location by a driver steering the vehicle remotely. The customer could then drive it like a normal car and the remote operator moves to steering a different car.

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Start-up Vay: 84 Millionen Euro für ferngesteuerte Autos im Straßenverkehr

Mit ferngesteuerten Autos, die sich durch den Stadtverkehr bewegen, will das Berliner Start-up Vay eine völlig neue Art des Taxis erfinden. Dafür hat das Unternehmen neue Investoren gefunden und eine zweite große Finanzierungsrunde über 84 Millionen Euro abgeschlossen. Das Gesamtinvestment in die Firma beläuft sich nun auf 128 Millionen Euro. Vay ist damit das bestfinanzierte Unternehmen Europas im Segment des autonomen Fahrens.

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Robocar Startup Vay Plans To Bring Remotely-Driven Cars To Hamburg

Vay might be able to skip for now some of the expensive, and technical heavy lifting, of using Lidar lasers, radar and cameras to teach an algorithm to drive but relying on a remote driver presents major challenges of its own. The startup’s vehicles are designed to pullover automatically if they lose connection with the control room but the issue of lag delaying reaction times in a busy city centre has plagued other self-driving startups.

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Self-driving startup Vay to launch commercial teledriven service in Hamburg in 2022

Vay, a company that is trying to get self-driving car services to market faster by pursuing a teledriven approach, has raised a $95 million Series B round to help it launch its first commercial service in Hamburg, Germany sometime in 2022. The startup plans to offer a transportation service where a user can order a car to be delivered to their door, drive the car themselves to their destination and then just hop out, leaving the job of parking it to the remote operator.

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Riesenvorteil, wenn man den Fahrer vom Fahrzeug trennt

Im Podcast sprechen Thomas von der Ohe und Handelsblatt-Reporterin Larissa Holzki über die Sicherheit der Technologie, die Herausforderungen bei Entwicklung und Zulassung und die Frage, wie man damit Geld verdienen kann.

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Hamburg und Vay starten 2022 weltweit ersten und einzigartigen Telefahr-Mobilitätsservice ohne Fahrer im Auto

Wir teilen Hamburgs Vision, Mobilität von Grund auf neu zu denken, mit den Bürgerinnen und Bürgern sowie dem Umweltschutz im Zentrum der Überlegungen. Zudem sehen wir das Potenzial, den Hamburger Bürgerinnen und Bürgern einen Service anzubieten, der sie komfortabel, umweltfreundlich und preiswert in die Arbeit, zur nächsten Bus- oder Bahnhaltestelle oder zum Ziel ihrer Wahl bringt.

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Driverless cars to arrive on European streets next year

From next year, you’ll be able to ride in a driverless car in Europe. It won’t be driven by a lidar-equipped computer, however, but piloted remotely by a human ‘teledriver’ sitting in a control room somewhere distant. This, at least, is the vision of Vay, a Berlin-based startup that is today emerging from stealth mode to unveil its plans for the future of mobility.

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Berliner Start-up fährt seit zwei Jahren Autos per Fernsteuerung durch Berlin

Die Telefahrer von Vay sehen die Straße nur durch Kameras. 2022 will die Firma mit einem neuartigen Taxidienst starten. Das Handelsblatt ist mitgefahren.

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Stealth Robocar Startup Sees Remote Drivers as Autonomy Shortcut

Deploying vast fleets of robocars has been much tougher than Tesla Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo and others thought. One European startup is now pitching an intermediate step to full autonomy: teledriving. Germany’s Vay, which has been quietly testing a fleet of remote-controlled electric vehicles all over Berlin, plans to roll out a mobility service in Europe and potentially the U.S. next year.

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Coatue

Gustav Söderström

CPO/CTO (Chief RnD Officer) at Spotify

Kinnevik

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.

Atomico

Patrick Pichette

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

Nico Rosberg

F1 World Champion and Greentech Investor / Entrepreneur.

Cristina Stenbeck

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

Creandum

Niklas Zennstroem

Founder of Skype, Kazaa and Atomico.

La Famiglia

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.

Signals

Qasar Younis

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

Eurazeo

Founders of FlixMobility

Mobility/Tech Investors and Entrepreneurs. 

Visionaries Club

Robert Lacher

Founding Partner of Visionaries Club & La Famiglia. 

System One

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