von der Ohe

Co-Founder, CEO


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.


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.


Co-Founder, VP Engineering


Building products together with an amazing team based on cutting-edge technology to serve a greater purpose and solve problems – for the people, for our planet.


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 vehicles in Germany. RWTH Aachen, Imperial College London.


Co-Founder, Director Engineering, Teledrive Experience


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.


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


Director of Engineering Operations


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.


Part of the management 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)


Director of Safety


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.


25+ years experience in system safety at Conti., Mando, Bosch. Led the VDA working group in Germany to create ISO 26262 and influenced worldwide safety standardization. Author of several text books on functional safety.


VP - Business & Corporate Development


What drives me is to work on goals that have a big impact on society. Additionally, I wanted to work with the smartest and most innovative people in the tech world. That’s better at Vay than any other company I’ve spoken to recently.


Was CEO and chief growth officer at Quirk. Began his professional life at Morgan Stanley as a fixed income trader after studying economics and finance. Built the first startup incubator in Africa in 2002 and has been mentoring founders of technology startups for over ten years. He is an angel investor in software technology and holds board positions in some of these companies.


Director of Expansion


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


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.


Director of Product Design and Brand


Building the future of mobility, which is sustainable and truly serving 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.


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


Engineering Lead


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.


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


Senior Engineering Manager


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.


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.


Software Engineer


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


Having a B. Sc. and M. Sc. 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 car enthusiast, driven by cars, driving and technology.


Nursery school teacher. Driver at Skoda’s start-up Caredriver.


Head of Communications


What drives me is to start something from scratch and use all my experience to find the best way to communicate our exciting story. I believe my work can have an impact on how people feel about more sustainable transportation options.


Worked in leading communication agencies for 15 years such as fischerAppelt and Ketchum in Germany and the UK for various brands and companies from FMCG to travel to mobility. Holds an MBA in Communication & Leadership from Quadriga University as well as a Master degree in History, Sociology and Media & Art Studies from University of Constance.


Lead Industrial Designer


What drives me at Vay is the enthusiasm and passion for a vision that is tangibly embedded in the company culture, and at the same time the discipline in its implementation.


Industrial Designer and Team Lead at TEAMS Design GmbH for over six years, started as a Trainee in Shanghai, China. Worked as Industrial and Product Designer at Lothar Böhm Associates, Lutz Herrmann Design and Werksdesign. Completed the GROW Design Leadership & Management Training and is an IF-Award jury since 2022.

App Phase 1: Data Privacy Policy

As part of the testing of our future service, you as an employee of Vay can participate live and support us in creating the best possible experience for the future. If you are not employed by Vay to conduct product tests, participation in the trial is completely voluntary. At Vay, we embrace transparency. In order to execute test rides with us, a user account with the Vay App is required (see also the Testing Service Work Instructions). That is why it is important to us to disclose to you that when you participate, we also receive certain personal data from you.

As a matter of principle, we only process your personal data insofar as this is necessary for the provision of a functional app, for our contents and services and for further research and development benefiting our company.

In this privacy policy you can find out how, to what extent and for what purposes we process your data, whether we pass on your data to partners and service providers, when we delete your data and other points that may be important to you.

Who “we” are

Contact Details of the responsible person
Managing Director: Thomas von der Ohe

Vay Technology GmbH
c/o The Drivery
Mariendorfer Damm 1
12099 Berlin

E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +49 176 34649004

1. For which purpose is my data processed?

We process your data to develop a unique Product and Service. This ranges from the development and installation of hardware to software development and general user experience of our future service. Your data can be of help in any of our research and development areas!

2. Which data of mine are processed?

The following of your data will be processed:
  • Testing: During registration/ apart from the actual service testing extracted from our employee database
    • First name
    • Language
    • Address 
    • E-mail address
    • Telephone (mobile) 
    • Potentially Testing Payment details
    • User number/ reference number
    • Verification of driving licence
  • Testing: During the use of the service test via the App
    • Device-Key (Number of the device)
    • Geolocation data (for vehicle search / vehicle booking / during the journey) 
    • (E-mail) correspondence / contact history 
    • Trip log
    • Feedback about your experience and impressions of driving

3. What is the legal basis for processing my personal data?

The legal basis for processing is in each case Art. 88 (1) GDPR, § 26 (1) 1 BDSG as far as the product testing is covered by your employment contract. If we base our data processing on legitimate interests, the legal basis is Art. 6 (1) f GDPR. If you also separately consent to the processing of your data, the legal basis is Art. 88 (1) GDPR, § 26 (2) BDSG. Insofar as the processing of personal data is necessary for the fulfilment of a legal obligation to which our company is subject, Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c GDPR serves as the legal basis. 

4. Who receives my data?

Authorities (in particular road traffic authorities, the respective police station in the event of accidents) Other institutions and authorities to whom we are obliged to transmit data. Service providers & business partners, insofar as this is necessary for the performance of the contract (e.g. cloud providers).

5. Is data transferred to a third country?

Service providers and business partners sometimes process personal data outside the EEA. In these cases, we ensure an appropriate, equivalent level of data protection in compliance with the GDPR (as a rule, we oblige service providers and business partners to comply with data protection by means of the EU standard contractual clauses of the European Commission).

6. How long will my data be stored?

Your personal data will be processed and stored for as long as necessary for the aforementioned purposes. If the data is no longer required for the aforementioned purposes, it will be deleted on a regular basis (this applies to data from test drives if they are no longer required for development and documentation purposes). Your data will continue to be stored for a limited period of time if this is required for legal reasons.

7. What data protection rights do I have and who can I contact?

You have the following rights (insofar as their requirements are met):

  • Right to information and copy of your data according to Art.15 GDPR.
  • Right to rectification according to Art.16 GDPR
  • Right to erasure according to Art. 17 GDPR
  • Right to restriction of processing according to Art. 18 GDPR
  • Right to data portability according to Art. 20 GDPR
  • Right to object under Art. 21 GDPR, if the processing is based on Art. 6 (1) f) GDPR (unless the interests of Vay outweigh your reasons for objecting, which arise from your particular situation)
You can revoke your given consent to the processing of personal data at any time in the future. To assert your rights, you can contact Vay or Vay's data protection officer:

Data Protection Officer
Vay Technology GmbH
c/o The Drivery, Mariendorfer Damm 1
12099 Berlin
Email: [email protected]

In addition, there is a right to lodge a complaint to a data protection supervisory authority. The competent authority for Vay is the Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, Friedrichstr. 219, 10969 Berlin, telephone: 030 13889-0, fax: 030 2155050, [email protected]

8. Is there an obligation for me to provide data?

Only if it originates from your position under your employment contract. If so, with regard to the data required for the performance employment relationship, you are obliged by your employment contract to provide us with this data, as proper performance of the employment relationship would not be possible without this data.

If this role is not stipulated in the employment contract, there is no obligation to participate in the testing. However, please note that participation is only possible if you agree to the terms and conditions and register in the app, otherwise it is not possible to perform the testing.