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. Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University.


Co-Founder, CTO


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, VP 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.


VP Programs and 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)


CBO - 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.


Responsible for global strategic partnerships at Uber, where he focused on deals with automotive OEMs, vehicle fleet operators, vehicle battery technology companies and electrification infrastructure providers. 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 People


Driven by a passion for fostering vibrant organizational cultures, I am a seasoned leader specializing in People and Culture. Throughout my career journey, I’ve championed initiatives to empower teams, from crafting recruitment strategies aligned with core values to implementing data-driven processes for optimal People Operations.


My background spans roles where I’ve spearheaded the establishment of People departments from scratch and led teams through significant growth. I thrive on continuous learning, embracing remote/hybrid cultures and cutting-edge HR technologies. I leadled innovative solutions to optimise processes and initiatives that rewarded InfoJobs a “Best Place to Work”.
Outside of work, my passions for mountains and my dog, reflect my eagerness to explore the wild and love for 4-legs companions.


Senior Principal Software Engineer


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.


Lead Industrial Designer


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


Industrial Product Design Lead at TEAMS DESIGN GmbH for over six years, started as a Trainee in Shanghai City. Worked as Industrial and Product Designer at LOTHAR BOHM ASSOCIATES LIMITED, Lutz Herrmann Design, Indeed Innovation and Werksdesign.


Director of Software Engineering


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.




A car enthusiast, driven by cars, driving and technology.


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


Director of Legal


I’m passionate about leveraging technology to democratize transportation and revolutionize the mobility landscape.


Senior Counsel Product & Strategy at Uber handling catastrophic loss claims and litigation, 13 years of experience in product & safety advising and risk mitigation, J.D. University of Illinois at Chicago.

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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