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.

Meet Alina Presti, Dream Job: Teledriver

Alina Presti

Since she was a little girl, Alina loved to sit behind the wheel. She would either sit on her dad’s lap in the family car or behind her toy steering wheel. Growing up, she was an avid gamer on the playstation or the computer. Since then, driving has been Alina’s passion. Her dream job: test driver.

The dream job seemed to be unreachable. Alina went through a different path and trained as a social education assistant, working in daycare centers and elementary schools. A nice world, but not an exciting one – and nothing to do with cars. 

An article in the newspaper “Hamburger Morgenpost” changed Alina’s life. Headline: “He drives a real car through Hamburg behind a computer”. The “he” mentioned in the article was one of the first teledrivers! Alina was immediately fascinated by the idea of controlling a car remotely. But disappointment was only a click away: Vay was only looking for teledrivers in Berlin. Berlin was not an option for Alina, who was living in Hamburg for many years. Alina didn’t give up, she checked the website weekly for job offers, and one day, there it was: Vay was looking for teledrivers in Hamburg. 

Only a few days after uploading the application documents, she had her first phone call with Martin Kuckuck, Vay’s Operations Manager. She was highly motivated. The theoretical and practical tests were easy tasks for her. “Alina is a natural,” says Martin. “She got behind the wheel and drove off. You could tell right away that she has a talent for driving on screen.” Alina laughs, “Yes, the years of gaming experience are paying off.”

Today, Alina is a certified teledriver. She tests and validates routes, works in alternating shifts sometimes as a teledriver in front of the screen, sometimes as a safety driver in the car. Teledrivers and safety drivers work as a unit and must always adjust to each other. “Patience and social skills are important,” Alina explains. And that’s where things come full circle for her. Working in the social sector was a valuable background for her new role.

“I totally outgrew myself at Vay and I am proud that I turned my passion into a career,” Alina says.  Her advice to anyone interested in starting a new career: “Have the guts! It’s worth it.”

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