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.

Deep Dive: How to hire successfully

By Connaire Wallace, Head of Talent Acquisition

As businesses continue to evolve in the post “great resignation” years , talent acquisition has become an even more critical component of organisational success. At Vay, we believe that talent acquisition is a continuous process, and we are constantly looking for ways to improve. Employees are the backbone of our organisation, and we are committed to attracting and retaining the best talents. We do this by prioritising a holistic approach to talent acquisition, creating a positive candidate experience, excellent communication as well as prioritising diversity and inclusion in everything we do.

5 tips for successful hiring:

1. Building diverse teams: Working together closely with the people team to spotlight the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) across our entire organisation is crucial. For the Talent Acquisition team, it means DEI is essential in hiring practices, including diversifying applicant pools and creating inclusive job descriptions, resume reviews, interviewing panels/ and consistent interview structures, as well as lots more!

2. Continued Adoption of Remote Work: The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of remote work, and companies are expected to continue offering flexible work arrangements in the future. This will require new approaches to recruiting and managing talent, as well as a focus on building strong virtual teams. A flexible work policy, company wide and team (online) events and remote benefits are building strong teams that are able to work efficiently – wherever team members might be based physically. This is an important part of the overall goal to increase all employee’s well being.

3. Emphasis on Skills over Degrees: As the skills gap continues to widen, companies are increasingly looking for candidates who have the specific skills and experience needed for the job, rather than relying solely on traditional credentials like degrees. This needs to lead to a greater focus on skills-based assessments and training programs. In recruiting, specifically in evaluating resumes, we have to take this development into account and educate hiring managers/teams .

4. Use Automation in Recruitment: Companies will continue to adopt AI and automation tools to streamline recruitment processes, including resume screening, candidate sourcing, and interview scheduling. This will help to reduce bias and improve the efficiency of the hiring process. A successful Talent Acquisition team should be data driven and work with contemporary programs that visualise data in a digestible way to streamline the decision-making process and allow us to make faster hires with always increasing quality.

5. Growing Importance of Employer Branding: With competition for top talent increasing, companies will need to differentiate themselves from their competitors by building a strong employer brand. This will involve creating a positive candidate experience, highlighting the company’s values and culture, and using social media and other channels to promote the brand. Employer branding also includes internal mobility and training/education to enhance employee career opportunities, provide excellent leadership across diverse teams, and create growth opportunities.

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