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.

Where does Vay go next?

This week Thomas, co-founder & CEO, and Caleb, General Manager U.S., are travelling to the US for Vay.

To be more precise: Las Vegas and Austin. But they are not looking for great events or casinos on vacation.

While close cooperation with Hamburg authorities is underway for the launch in Germany, they are exploring Las Vegas or Austin as a possible next location to launch our innovative teledriving (remote driving) service in the United States.

We aim to launch a sustainable, affordable, door-to-door mobility service with remotely driven (“teledriven”) cars: Teledrivers bring an electric car to the customer and pick it up after the journey is completed, eliminating the time-consuming search for a car or parking spot for the customer.

Vay is the first and only company that has driven a car on European public roads with no person inside – enabled by teledriving. We continue to work closely with the local authorities in Hamburg to obtain the necessary permits to launch our teledriving service. Over the past four years, we have successfully tested our technology in Germany. In the future, we will also work in parallel to get to know other markets.

We are excited to explore other cities and countries and are happy about the interest that we receive from customers and cities all over the world. In Las Vegas and Austin we are looking forward to talking to stakeholders in the new mobility field and discussing sustainable solutions for transportation challenges in the US. Transportation in metropolitan areas like Las Vegas or Austin could significantly benefit from a reliable and flexible alternative to existing mobility services.

Vay stands for a unique service that promises peace of mind: We will deliver a fully electric car to your doorstep within minutes and you don’t have to search for a parking space. Moreover we aim to offer a seamless service designed to make you feel like you own a car without the associated costs and obligations. Our safe and sustainable service stands for a viable mobility turnaround, to make cities more liveable by reducing the number of parked cars in cities. 

We believe in our teledrive-first approach, as an alternative approach to autonomous driving. We can be on the road now, while gradually introducing autonomous functions in our system based on high-quality teledrive data, as it is safe and permitted to do so.

In addition to metropolises such as Hamburg, Las Vegas or Austin, we plan to bring our service to various cities in Europe and the U.S. , to solve transportation and make mobility in these cities more attractive.

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