Teledriving milestone: Vay receives permit for teledriving without safety driver
The city of Hamburg, Germany has granted teledriving company Vay a permit to continue testing its remotely-driven taxi service on public roads without a safety driver in the vehicle.
The exemption permit has been issued by the Authority for Traffic and Mobility Transition (BVM) in Hamburg. A positive endorsement by TÜV SÜD was one of the prerequisites for approval. TÜV SÜD looked in particular at the functional safety and cybersecurity of the Vay teledrive system in accordance with the ISO 26262 and ISO/SAE 21434 standards. TÜV SÜD is an independent third-party for testing, certification, auditing and advisory services.
“We are very happy about the good cooperation with the authorities and this important step to get our unique concept on the road as soon as possible. It is great to see that this can be done out of Europe”, says Thomas von der Ohe, co-founder and CEO of Vay.
This is a significant milestone in Vay’s development of a door-to-door service whereby customers book an electric vehicle via the Vay app and it’s driven to their door via remote control by a driver in the company’s teledriver centre. The customer then takes control of the car and drives themselves to their destination where it is once again able to be controlled through teledriving. Primary advantages of the service is that it eliminates the need to find parking (for the customer) and increases vehicle utilisation for the operator.