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, VP Engineering


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, Director 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.


Director of 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)


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 ISO 26262 and influenced worldwide safety standardization. Author of several text books on functional safety.


VP - 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.


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.


VP - Product Design and Brand


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.


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


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.


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.

Meet Claire Dederer, Electrical Engineer

Claire Dederer is an Electrical Engineer at Vay and has been part of the team for over a year and a half. At Vay, she works with our vehicle control unit, its design, system integration, and EMC (Electromagnetic compatibility) certification. 

Claire Dederer
What was your background before you joined Vay?

Prior to joining Vay, I worked as an Electrical Engineer developing an autonomous street sweeper robot. Before working full time, I designed and built a hydrogen fuel cell car with my university’s fuel cell team. I have always been interested in the electric vehicle and autonomy space. 

Why did you join Vay?

I joined Vay for the opportunity to work on the vehicle controller. This electronic control unit is a module that interfaces and controls the functions of the vehicle. Working on an ASIL D (Automotive Safety Integrity Level Grade) system was the challenge I was looking for.

What does your day look like as an Electrical Engineer at Vay? 

My days currently include working with the electrical engineering team on our system design improvements. This involves interfacing with other teams such as systems and safety to propose solutions for architecture changes, design improvements, and root cause analysis. It also involves making tests in the real system to confirm assumptions and test solutions before implementing the changes into the hardware design.

What do you hope to achieve at Vay? 

As with all things I do, I am eager to keep learning. Especially to further develop my skills as an Electrical Engineer and in project management. 

What was your biggest success in your career?

At this point in my career, my biggest success has been driving the EMC (Electromagnetic compatibility) testing for our controller unit as well as the complete vehicle system. This was the first opportunity I had to lead a project from initial planning and research to successful execution. 

How would you encourage other women to pursue a career in engineering? 

I would recommend finding a mentor to support you, inspire you, and help you to grow in whichever engineering field interests you. I was very lucky to have such a mentor and I attribute his enthusiasm and encouragement as a major factor that pushed me to dive fully into electrical engineering. 

What do you like to do when you are not working?

I love to hike! Specifically, I like to do long distance hikes where one can be fully immersed in nature. 

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