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.

Now in Las Vegas, Nevada: Vay becomes the first company to drive cars without a person inside on public roads in Europe and the US

  • In February 2023 Vay became the first company in Europe to drive a car without a safety driver on a public road
  • The Berlin-based startup develops automotive grade technology for remote driving (teledriving) on public roads to the highest safety and security standards
  • Vay aims to launch a safe, affordable and sustainable door-to-door mobility service in the US, Germany and beyond

BERLIN/LAS VEGAS, November 15, 2023. For the first time, a teledriving company is now driving cars remotely on public roads on both continents, in Europe and North America, without a person in the vehicle. Vay’s automotive grade teledriving technology allows cars to be driven on public roads from a teledrive center. In February, the deep tech startup achieved this milestone in Hamburg (Germany). Now the first “driverless” journey has taken place in Las Vegas, Nevada (US). 

Vay’s teledriving technology enables a person (“teledriver”) to drive a vehicle remotely (“teledriving”). Professionally trained teledrivers sit at a teledrive station with a steering wheel, pedals and other vehicle controls developed to meet automotive industry standards. The car surroundings are reproduced via camera sensors and transmitted to the screens of the teledrive station. Road traffic sounds, such as emergency vehicles and other warning signals, are transmitted via microphones to the teledriver’s headphones. 

Vay has developed and validated the technology following industry standards to allow for safe operation on public streets. Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Fabrizio Scelsi, emphasizes how important high safety standards are for the company and also for the entire industry: 

“At Vay, we don’t just say ‘Safety First’ – we live it. We implement safety and security by design, considering this as an essential part of our development process starting from day one.”

Vay follows key safety standards, including those for vehicle safety, functional safety (ISO 26262), and cybersecurity (ISO 21434). TÜV Süd, an independent third-party for testing, certification, auditing and advisory services, has tested and positively endorsed Vay’s technology in accordance with these high safety standards.

For Vay’s co-founder and CEO, Thomas von der Ohe, being the first in Europe and the US is a huge achievement. He stated, “This not only showcases our team’s incredible capabilities but also places both Europe and the US at the forefront of teledriving technology. I am proud of our entire team for making our presence in both markets possible by developing technology in Europe to bring it to the world.”.

Vay aims to offer a safe, affordable and sustainable door-to-door mobility service, where users order an electric vehicle via the Vay app and the teledriver brings the car to the user – remotely driven from the teledrive center. The user then jumps into the car and drives themself to their destination. Once there, a teledriver remotely drives the car to the next user or parks it. No time spent picking up a car or trying to find parking. Close cooperation with US and German authorities is underway for the launch of the service on both continents. 

Here you will find footage and a video of the first ever ride without a person in the car in Europe and the US.

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