Thomas
von der Ohe

Co-Founder, CEO

WHAT DRIVES ME

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

Fabrizio
Scelsi

Co-Founder, VP Automotive Engineering

WHAT DRIVES ME

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 from all over the world to drive this impact.

BACKGROUND

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.

Bogdan
Djukic

Co-Founder, Director Engineering, Teledrive Experience

WHAT DRIVES ME

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.

BACKGROUND

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

Mariona
Bosch

Director of Engineering Operations

WHAT DRIVES ME

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.

BACKGROUND

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)

Daniel
Buchmueller

SVP Engineering, Software

WHAT DRIVES ME

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

 

Hans-Leo
Ross

Director of Safety

WHAT DRIVES ME

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

Friederike
Reuter

Director of Business Operations and Strategy

WHAT DRIVES ME

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

BACKGROUND

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 Product Design and Brand

WHAT DRIVES ME

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.

BACKGROUND

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

David
Gossow

Engineering Lead

WHAT DRIVES ME

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.

BACKGROUND

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

Vladimir
Bilonenko

Senior Engineering Manager

WHAT DRIVES ME

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.

BACKGROUND

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.

Beatrice
Tîrziu

Software Engineer

WHAT DRIVES ME

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

BACKGROUND

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.

 

ALINA
PRESTI

Teledriver

WHAT DRIVES ME

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

BACKGROUND

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

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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