BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The father of the cellphone was there. So was Huawei and a host of other Chinese tech companies. Tens of thousands of visitors also flocked to the MWC tech fair to be dazzled by the latest advances in AI, smartphones, robotics and much more.Read article
A new approach to driverless mobilityJoin the journey
Milestones on our journey
Vay drives the first car ever without anyone in the car on a public road in Europe.
Co-founder and CEO Thomas von der Ohe was awarded "Founder of the Year" at the German Startup Awards 2023 with Keynote Speaker Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Previous winner of the GSA was Co-Founder and CEO of Flix, Jochen Engert. Read more
Vay raised a $95m Series B round in December 2021. Read more
Remotely driving from MWC (Mobile World Congress) Barcelona to Berlin with Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom. Read more
Teledrivers remotely drive vehicles
Vay’s teledrivers control all vehicle functions including steering, braking and throttle, and make all driving decisions ensuring convenient, safe and reliable journeys. All teledrivers are professionally trained and follow defensive and safe driving styles.
Redundancies in the system
Vay’s use of multiple cellular networks combined with proprietary hardware on both telestation and the vehicle side ensures the safety of our system.
Safety features plus human capabilities
The driver’s visual perception is reproduced via camera sensors and transmitted to the screens of the teledrive station. Road traffic sounds, such as emergency vehicles and other warning signals, are transmitted via microphones to the teledriver’s headphones.
In the event of an emergency, the vehicle automatically puts itself into a safe state within milliseconds by coming to a safe stop in the same lane.
Customers order an electric vehicle via the Vay app. A teledriver brings the car directly to a valid pick-up location for the customer - remotely controlled from the teledrive center. Upon arrival of the car, the customer then physically drives themselves to their destination. Once the customer has arrived at their destination, a teledriver takes over the vehicle once again at a valid drop-off point. This eliminates the time-consuming search for a parking space.
Customers get access to a unique service that promises peace of mind: Your fully electric car is delivered within a few minutes. There is no need to search for a vehicle or parking spot and it is an affordable alternative to car sharing and existing door-to-door solutions.
At Vay we strive for high safety in everything we do. The first company rule is “safety first,” the second rule is “safety first.” Vay develops its teledrive technology in order to fulfill applicable safety requirements and to provide customers a reliable mobility service.
Safety is also at the core of the teledrive training process, the Vay Teledrive Academy. All our teledrivers undergo extensive professional training. Safety also plays a key role in day-to-day operations. Teledrivers work in a teledrive center, which is designed to ensure high safety. They work regular hours, take frequent breaks and are free from distractions.
Teledriving as a new path to an autonomous future.
A human-machine collaboration.
Vay is developing an alternative approach to autonomous driving called teledriving.
With its teledrive-first-approach, Vay aims to offer a sustainable and safe service that can be an alternative to existing mobility services. Vay aims to gradually introduce autonomous driving functions in the system as it is safe and permitted to do so.
Our teledrive system is being designed to be as safe as having someone in the driver’s seat.
Teledriving technology allows Vay's electric fleet to be highly-utilized. This can help to reduce the overall amount of cars in cities, CO2 emissions, and air and noise pollution.
MOBILITY FOR EVERYONE
Our mission is to bring our sustainable, affordable and door-to-door mobility services to your city.
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.
At Vay, we work as a team and strive for a common goal. We celebrate diversity and encourage different opinions. Our teams and partners communicate and collaborate openly. Together we build, improve, and grow.
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.
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.
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 expression.
von der Ohe
Co-Founder, VP Engineering
Co-founder, Director Teledrive Experience
Director of Engineering Operations
VP - Business & Corporate Development
Director of Communications
US General Manager
VP - Product Design and Brand
Senior Principal Software Engineer
Lead Industrial Designer
Director of Software Engineering
Head of Operations
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CPO/CTO (Chief RnD Officer) at Spotify
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.
Partner at Inovia Capital, former chairman of the board at Twitter, and former global CFO at Google.
F1 World Champion and Greentech Investor / Entrepreneur.
Investor and Advisor.
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.
Co-founder and CEO of Applied Intuition, former COO and Partner of Y Combinator.
Founders of FlixMobility
Mobility/Tech Investors and Entrepreneurs.
Founding Partner of Visionaries Club & La Famiglia.