A Tele-Driving First Approach to Autonomy - The Road to Autonomy

A Tele-Driving First Approach to Autonomy

Thomas von der Ohe, Co-Founder & CEO, Vay joined Grayson Brulte on The Road to Autonomy podcast to discuss why Vay is taking a tele-driving first approach to autonomy.

The conversation begins with sharing the current state of autonomy in Europe. Could Europe be the market that first ushers in personally owned autonomous vehicles? With Porsche announcing a deal with Mobileye to offer semi-autonomous features in new models and Mercedes-Benz introducing DRIVE PILOT, European OEMs could usher in this market.

But what happens when that vehicle potentially needs assistance when the vehicle exits the highway? This is where Vay comes into the picture as they are developing teledriving technology. Vay’s technology could be offered as a complimenting feature to vehicles with SAE Level 3 driving capabilities.

This combination of highway driving in Level 3 or Level 4 fashion and then urban driving through teledriving could be a really really strong combination.

– Thomas von de Ohe

Vay is taking a tele-driving first approach to autonomy.

The big advantage of tele-driving is that we believe that we can get something into the market much much earlier that is able to scale.

– Thomas von de Ohe

The approach that Vay is taking is resonating with regulators in the E.U. In February 2023, Vay became the first company to operate a vehicle without an individual in the vehicle on European public roads. Now that Vay is operating on public roads in the E.U., the use cases for their technology only becomes stronger.

Imagine going out to dinner, having a bottle of wine and then instead of driving home, Vay tele-drives your vehicle home for you that evening? It’s possible and that is just one of the many potential use cases for Vay’s tele-driving technology.

While this is just one example of what is possible, Vay is currently focused on urban driving and launching a service in the future.

Wrapping up the conversation, Thomas discusses how tele-driving can change the way we live in cities.

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Recorded on Tuesday, May 16, 2023