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, Hardware


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.


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.


Co-Founder, Software


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. MSc. in Computer Science from Belgrade University.

Mariona Bosch

Senior Engineering Manager


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 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


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.


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.


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 ISO26262 and influenced worldwide safety standardisation. Author of several text books on functional safety.

Friederike Reuter

Chief of Staff, Head of Strategy


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.

Christian Hertlein

Director of Design and Brand


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.


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.

Vladimir Bilonenko

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 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.

Connecting, growing, building and having fun – good times at vConnect

In early June, our team from around the world spent four days together at our second vConnect in Berlin – a company-wide gathering held twice a year with team-specific and company-wide off-sites, workshops and fun. After all these months of working remotely, vConnect was a great chance to meet colleagues we had never seen in real life.

We connected

vConnect – the name says it all. Connecting with over 150 colleagues was at the heart of the event. Cool locations to connect included our hangar in the Urban Tech Republic at the former Tegel Airport, where we run a testing ground for our teledriven cars.

Special highlight: Our employees had the unique opportunity to test out our first ever teledriven service, VayZero in order to make their way to Tegel. 

Connecting through various growth sessions, hackathons and fun activities helped to build trust amongst each other, which is our key to success for building an innovative product. 

We grew our skill set 

Our diverse and knowledgeable team is a magnificent asset. As part of vConnect, some of our employees offered to share their expertise and learnings in our vTalk format, for example regarding product liability, hardware security or data-driven PR. In our “growth sessions”, team members and trainers taught us advanced C++ programming, SQL & Data Analytics Fundamentals and 3D printing. In these talks and training sessions, we learnt from each other and exchanged ideas and knowledge to fuel collaboration.

Insights from one of our investors from Project A, Florian Heinemann, helped to understand the current market situation and how to build highly effective and happy teams at different stages of a company.

We built

We also came together to bring our values to life: to pioneer change and to create magic. In two-day-hackathons we tackled some of our challenges and built “close to magic” solutions for them. One team worked on the safety case for a LIDAR-assisted Autonomous Emergency Braking System, others added an internet satellite to our stack and a different team worked on VayVoice to define the personality of our future voice assistant. 

We had fun

Mornings started with yoga or power workouts and days ended with a bus tour, a cocktail workshop or kayaking. The “Mars Mission Impossible” Party in one of Berlin’s clubs was the phenomenal highlight of the week that showed us: Nothing is impossible. Together we can solve transportation in metropolitan areas.

This was the schedule for our vConnect edition 2:

We are all beyond excited to kick off our vConnect edition 3 in half a year.

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