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, Hardware

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 with outstanding engineers 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 vehicle in Germany. RWTH Aachen, Imperial College London.

Bogdan
Djukic

Co-Founder, Software

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. MSc. in Computer Science from Belgrade University.

Mariona Bosch

Senior Engineering Manager

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 leadership 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

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 ISO26262 and influenced worldwide safety standardisation. Author of several text books on functional safety.

Friederike Reuter

Chief of Staff, Head of 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 Design and Brand

WHAT DRIVES ME

Building the future of mobility, which is sustainable and serving truly 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 BSc and MSc 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.

Meet Mariana Avezum, Technical Program Manager for our Mobility Platform

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil Dr. Mariana Avezum, 32, is the founder of the WARR Hyperloop team, the interdisciplinary student team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) that won the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition four different times over the last years. The team designed, built, and tested functional prototypes for this new mode of transportation. Mariana obtained her PhD at the TUM on how Smart Sustainable Cities can use fog architectures to track their progress towards the UN’s sustainable development goals. After founding a sustainable multimodal routing startup to solve traffic challenges, Mariana then realised that she is more excited by developing technology rather than running a business.  She went on to spend time working for Tesla’s Gigafactory in Berlin Brandenburg as part of the special taskforce of the 25Guns. Mariana joined Vay in November 2021 to work on the mobility platform, a key necessity to launch their service and to power fleet optimizations and routing.

Mariana Avezum
Why is your role important at Vay?

Vay is now working on transitioning from teledriving technology development to building a full scale mobility service which is capable of launching on public streets with real customers. This needs an entirely new and unique technical structure, which my team –  the mobility platform – is currently working on.

What is the most exciting thing you have worked on at Vay? 

The Fleet Management system is very exciting. It helps us determine which car, telestation, teledriver, and in some early stages also which safety driver will be matched to which ride request, while ensuring that we maintain an available and efficient fleet. Although it looks simple to just match the ride request to the closest vehicle, we actually need to take into account the availability and schedules of teledrivers and vehicles, which increases the complexity of the algorithm.

What was your proudest accomplishment in your career before joining Vay?

There have been two big milestones in my career:  1) Leading the team that won the first ever hyperloop pod competition and 2) getting my PhD.  The first one really taught me the impact and importance of great teamwork and dedication, and how the sum of different people’s skills can be so much bigger than the individual parts. The second one showed me (again) how important it is to not give up on things that seem impossible and that even things that seem to be done alone, actually require so much support from so many different people.

What sparked your interest in Vay?

Solving mobility and autonomous driving is really hard, and teledriving allows us to do this one step at a time, by slowly transitioning between teledriving and autonomous vehicle scenarios. This greatly impacts the scalability and safety of our features. Also, after spending so much time talking about how we need less cars on the roads, working for a company that really shares that vision is quite awesome. Vay’s vision of a flexible, cheap, and shared mobility service could be a great step towards that direction. 

What impact do you want to have on the future of mobility?

For a long time my goal has been to solve the traffic of places like São Paulo, where I grew up. I want to help riders have an alternative to owning a car. Every car we get off the road is a huge victory towards sustainability and reduced time spent in traffic.  

How do you see teledriving solve some of our biggest challenges in urban mobility?

Presenting people with more affordable options compared to owning a car means they will think twice before buying one. Teledriving has the potential to be – after public transportation – one of the most affordable options there is. 

How would you describe the culture at Vay?

Very international and hungry to grow. There are loads of super interesting conversations going on every day. It’s a very exciting time for the company!

How do you try to shape Vay’s culture? 

I hope to make a difference and motivate more women to join the intersection of technology, mobility and sustainability. I look forward to helping out as many of our future new joiners as possible, so that we can grow together as one big team.

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