Vay launches remote-driven car service in Las Vegas

Vay, a German remote-driving startup, said it had launched its first commercial service in Las Vegas where a "teledriver," or remote driver, delivers short-term electric rental cars to customers and then collects them after the rental.

The service is currently available around the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the city's arts district, renting out cars by the minute. Unlike autonomous vehicles, it relies on a remote human driver.

CEO Thomas von der Ohe told Reuters that during the first quarter, Vay's vehicle fleet should number in the "low double digits."

Vay has so far raised about $110 million from investors, including Sweden's Kinnevik, Coatue, and France's Eurazeo, and has conducted tests on European and US roads with remote drivers and no one behind the wheel.