The startup is testing remote operators who use screens to drive



  • Cars with no one inside to drive them hit the streets of Berlin as a test for an autonomous vehicle company Go.
  • They are not fully autonomous, but rather use ‘remote pilots’, which are similar to human autonomous technology in the loop, except that drivers in a central location drive a connected vehicle to the location where a Vay user wishes to be. supported. Then the customer goes to their location before a remote operator drives the car.
  • Vay said he will launch his rideshare service in Europe, and possibly the United States, next year.

    Based on the original definitions of the different levels of driving automation published by SAE International, Vay’s autonomous technology does not exist. Indeed, the strategy adopted by Vay to develop autonomous vehicles is not to try to make them completely autonomous, at least not right away. Fortunately, SAE recently updated the definitions to include remote pilots and remote assistants, and that’s where Vay’s plan to involve what he calls “remote pilots” will fit in.

    Vay, who is based in Germany, tested a slightly different technology on the streets of Berlin that relies on teleconductors doing most of the work, running the cars from computer stations with a basic driver’s seat configuration. , including a steering wheel, pedals and several monitors to see what’s going on around the car, as well as a network that, vitally, doesn’t suffer from too much latency.

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    Others in the autonomous space have used the term HIL (Human in the Loop) to describe this type of part-time human solution to autonomous driving. The basic idea behind HIL is that the car can handle driving most of the time, but whenever it cannot navigate a particular section, the remote operator steps in to pass the car through any danger that could. be too difficult for automated driving. components to handle.

    semi-autonomous car vayio

    Vay.io via YouTube

    Vay’s service will work as a kind of Uber without a human and also a kind of car rental service. Users will request a Vay, Uber-style ride, and the remote control car will arrive at their location. Then, the user will drive the car where he wants to go and, finally, the Vay vehicle is remotely guided to the next user. Bloomberg Notes that Vay’s future plans include a fully remote-controlled carpooling service so passengers never have to be drivers.

    At one point, the company’s mission is to help bring Europe “to the forefront of the race to develop driverless vehicles that will solve many of today’s transport challenges, including air pollution, traffic congestion and fatalities, transport costs and long journeys. The company has announced plans to launch a certified driverless “commercial mobility service” on public roads in Europe (and possibly the United States) in 2022.

    Vay has already hired a good number of talent from Silicon Valley and the auto industry, Bloomberg said, including Google, Audi and Elon Musk’s company Boring. Vay CEO Thomas von der Ohe previously worked at Amazon on its Alexa service and self-driving startup Zoox, while Vay’s co-founders worked at Skype. Bloomberg reported that Vay has so far raised around $ 30 million from investors.

    Vay is busy recruiting and seeks to bridge two worlds: “Software and product experience in Silicon Valley and automotive hardware and security engineering in Europe.” One of the positions is that of a senior video engineer who would be responsible for optimizing the video feeds of the cars for maximum quality and low latency.

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