VW Group To Put Autonomous Parking in Production Vehicles in 2020


The Volkswagen Group is readying autonomous parking functionality for deployment in series production vehicles in 2020. Group brands Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche are currently testing autonomous parking at Hamburg Airport.

In the test scenario, users can book a parking space at Hamburg Airport from home using an app and simply leave their car at the entrance to the multi-storey car park. Everything else is done automatically: the vehicle looks for a free parking space—if required, at an electric charging station—based on a map of the parking facility.

Orientation is provided for them by simple pictorial markers installed in the multi-storey car park. This approach can be used in essentially any car park.

While the vehicle owner is away, parcels ordered are delivered to the vehicle trunk and a dry cleaning service hangs freshly laundered clothes straight in the vehicle. Upon return, the driver simply sends a brief message via the app and a short time later the vehicle is ready to drive home at the exit of the car park. Billing is fast and without queuing at the parking machine, also via the app.