The mobility service Vay has received an exemption. From now on, vehicles from the provider will be allowed to drive autonomously on public roads in the Hanseatic city during test operations, without security personnel on board.
Vay receives exemption for teledriving in Hamburg
Vay has become the first company in Europe to receive an exemption for test driving without security personnel on public roads, the company announced in a press release. The exemption is issued by the Authority for Transport and Mobility Change of the City of Hamburg (BVM).
Now Vay is already for more than three years with remote-controlled electric cars on public roads in Berlin and Hamburg on the way, so far was however always a safety driver of Nöten.
With the exemption that has now been issued, however, it will soon be possible to drive without security personnel in a predefined area in Hamburg-Bergedorf. Currently, the company is still working on the implementation and preparation, with which the so-called teledriving is possible without the vehicles being monitored by an additional person on board who could take the wheel.
Teledrivers deliver car
With teledriving with Vay, vehicles are controlled by a person in the control center. With the manufacturer’s door-to-door service, you can order an electric vehicle via app, which – remotely controlled – is brought directly to your home or preferred location.
At the headquarters, drivers sit at a teledriving station equipped with a steering wheel and pedals just like a car. “The drivers have an overview of the traffic situation via several screens. When the customers have arrived at their destination, a:e telefahrer:in takes over the vehicle again,” says the provider.
While this eliminates the annoying search for a parking space in major cities, the service is said to be on par with classic car-sharing services in terms of costs and, in the long term, will be a convenient alternative to private cars, according to the provider.
With a new certificate from TÜV SÜD, Vay can now test teledriving on public roads in the Bergedorf district of Hamburg without a safety person on board.
“Intelligent mobility solutions are an essential building block for the mobility revolution. Therefore, we are pleased that Vay wants to offer a state-of-the-art teledriving service in our city and is now testing this innovative model in Bergedorf without a security driver”, says Anjes Tjarks, Hamburg’s Senator for Transport and Mobility Transition. When exactly the tests will start and when the service will be available, however, Vay has not yet revealed.
With digital suburban trains and autonomous vehicles in local public transport, Hamburg in any case looks to a rosy future and presents itself as modern in the field of mobility as no other city in Germany.