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.

Training for the backbone of our future mobility service – the Vay Teledrive Academy

Did you ever wonder what the future of the driving profession looks like?

With our Vay Teledrive Academy we have set up a thorough training program for our remote drivers (teledrivers) as an integral part of our safety concept. So far we have certified more than 20 teledrivers. Based in Germany and the US, they perform technical and operational tests, demonstrate our technology to the outside world, and prepare for our first teledriven mobility service.

Find out how teledriving works:

The Teledrive Station – the workplace of the teledriver

Teledrivers sit at a teledrive station with a steering wheel, pedals and other vehicle controls developed to meet automotive industry standards. Visual perception is transmitted through multiple camera sensors, while road traffic sounds are delivered via headphones, allowing teledrivers to maintain situational awareness.

Entry requirements for the Vay Teledrive Academy

Anyone who enjoys driving and has held a driver’s license and has relevant driving experience can apply to become a teledriver at Vay. After an initial telephone interview, a practical training session shows both the applicant and the teledriver trainer whether teledriving is right for the individual. If the theoretical knowledge is also given, there is nothing standing in the way of training at the Vay Teledrive Academy.

The training program

The teledriver training program at Vay is comprehensive and structured with the aim of teaching a safe and defensive driving style. It consists of 4 modules, combining practical exercises, theoretical classroom sessions, and tests to assess candidates’ proficiency. All teledrivers first undergo training to become safety drivers.

Module 1: General introduction for being a teledriver at Vay

  • A high-level overview of the Vay System (teledrive station, vehicle and interface) 
  • Learn about duties as a safety driver and teledriver
  • Basic rules for teledriving Vay vehicles (Rule #1 and Rule #2 is SAFETY FIRST)
  • Elaboration on how Vay ensures the highest safety standards
  • Complete the final theory test successfully (online test on road traffic rules and safety behavior)

Module 2: Safety Driver Certification

  • Get an overview of our technology from the safety driver perspective
  • Learn the safety driver checklists for the Vay car by heart
  • Undergo tests regarding responsiveness
  • Train communication to the teledriver
  • Perform different safety driver take over scenarios
  • Reach a predetermined amount of kilometers as a safety driver 
  • Receive safety driver certificate after successful examination

Module 3: Teledriver Training for Private Grounds

  • Get an overview of the technology from the teledriver perspective
  • Learn the teledriver checklists for the teledrive station by heart
  • Train communication to the safety driver
  • Practice the use of the emergency button
  • Perform different maneuvers on private grounds (e.g. Minimum Risk Maneuver scenarios, braking and swerving scenarios)
  • Reach a predetermined amount of kilometers as a teledriver on private grounds
  • Complete the final teledriver theory test for private grounds successfully

Module 4: Teledriver Training for Public Streets (with safety driver)

  • Learn rules for safe teledriving
  • Scenario-based theoretical teaching using examples of public roads
  • Learn about relevant safety processes
  • Reach a predetermined amount of kilometers as a teledriver on public grounds
  • Introduction into the continuous training through e.g. additional training modules, disengagement reviews and safety score evaluation
  • Complete the final teledriver theory test for public streets successfully
  • Receive teledriver certificate after successful examination

Through rigorous training and advanced technology, we empower our teledrivers to drive with confidence, turning our mission to bring safe, affordable, and sustainable door-to-door mobility services from Europe to cities around the world into a reality.

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