Vay Takes the Wheel: Teledrivers Hit the Streets of Las Vegas

In a move that’s shaking up the automotive scene, German startup Vay has just rolled out its groundbreaking service in the vibrant streets of Las Vegas. Aptly named ‘teledrivers,’ these remote operators are set to redefine how we experience short-term car rentals.

Driving the Change in Vegas

Forget autonomous vehicles; Vay’s approach puts a human touch on the wheel, quite literally. Operating in the vicinity of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the city’s lively arts district, Vay’s teledrivers are on a mission to make your electric car rental experience unforgettable. They’ll bring the wheels to you, and when you’re done, they’ll whisk them away – all remotely.

CEO Thomas von der Ohe spilled the details, revealing that Vay aims to grow its fleet to the “low double digits” by the end of the first quarter. This fresh take on car services has already garnered substantial support, with investments pouring in from notable backers like Sweden’s Kinnevik, Coatue, and France’s Eurazeo.

Beyond the Horizon: Vay’s Vision for the Future

But Vay isn’t stopping there. Their vision extends beyond the immediate horizon. In the long run, as the startup gains insights from its cost-effective camera technology, it plans to weave in autonomous features. Von der Ohe envisions a future where human-machine collaboration defines driving, with autonomous capabilities complementing the skills of teledrivers.

According to von der Ohe, “We see a decade or two of human-machine interaction where autonomous driving will play a part once it’s available and ready to deploy, and then the other part will always be done by a teledriver.”

Teledriving: More than Just a Ride

Vay is not just settling for changing the game in car rentals. Von der Ohe spilled the beans on discussions with automakers about incorporating teledriving functions for services like remote valet. Imagine a world where every vehicle off the production line is equipped with teledriving capabilities. Your car could have an on-demand tele-valet, parking itself for you, and later teledriving you home after a night out.

Vay’s arrival coincides with a challenging period for autonomous vehicle developers, as seen with General Motors’ Cruise facing regulatory hurdles. However, with teledrivers taking the wheel, Vay is steering towards a new era of driving experiences in the bustling streets of Las Vegas.