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.Read article
A new approach to driverless mobilityJoin the journey
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 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.
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.
Our solution can drastically decrease the leading factors for fatal urban accidents: driving under the influence, speeding, distraction, and fatigue.
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.
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.
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F1 World Champion and Greentech Investor / Entrepreneur.
Board member of Spotify, chairman of the board at Zalando, former executive chairman of Investment AB Kinnevik.
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