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)


Safety Advisor


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.


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 Communications


What drives me is to start something from scratch and use all my experience to find the best way to communicate our exciting story. I believe my work can have an impact on how people feel about more sustainable transportation options.


Worked for 15 years in leading communication agencies such as fischerAppelt and Ketchum in Germany and the UK for various brands and companies from FMCG to travel to mobility. Holds an MBA in Communication & Leadership from Quadriga University as well as a Master degree in History, Sociology and Media & Art Studies from University of Constance.


US General Manager


We’re close to letting users experience the Vay Magic for the first time in Las Vegas and I know that they are going to find it a compelling mix of great value powered by a super slick in-app experience. It’s awesome to have the opportunity to take this piece of underlying tech (remote driving) and build an experience around it that users will use, love and tell their friends about.


Co-founded and served as the Global General Manager of Uber Rent & Valet, a new mobility investment by Uber. Lead the Global Vehicles team at Uber, overseeing critical planning and P&L responsibilities. Built Uber’s vehicles business in Latin America from the ground and managed the customer-facing financial services business across Sub-Saharan Africa. Lead international financial services strategy engagements with the Boston Consulting Group for John Deere, focusing on regions like Brazil, Africa, and India. Owns a Masters of Business Administration of Duke University.


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.


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.


Head of Operations


What drives me at Vay is the magic. That daily feeling that every small step forward, every single improvement, every small success is a step towards the final goal: to create something unique that will change the lives of many.


His 20+ years of experience in various mobility companies make him a great leader and KPI driven operator at Vay. Launched and ran various mobility services in 16+ cities, focused on free-floating car-sharing.

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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