The Volkswagen Group which has brands like Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Seat and Bugatti has announced that it is currently testing autonomous parking and will begin using the technology in production cars in 2020. Anoher German company that was in the news for a similar system was Daimler which introduced an automated valet parking system for visitors to the Mercedes-Benz museum in Sttutgart.
Volkswagen has made considerable headway in the development of driving assistance systems for fully autonomous vehicles and automated valet parking is the logical next step for the company when it comes to consumer oriented models. VW Group Chief Digital Officer Johann Jungwirth said that autonomous parking can go a long way towards making mobility convenient and stress-free for the company’s customers and hence the company wanted to make the technology available as widely as possible
Initially, the system will be available in multi-story parking garages. It is planned that autonomous vehicles will have their very own separate traffic routes so that they would not be interfering with vehicles that are driven by human beings. These vehicles will be using data pulled in from maps and visual indicators as well as data received from sensors within the car to help them navigate. The data will be processed within the vehicles by a central control unit. At a later stage, these vehicles will be able to handle mixed traffic, and will be able to park themselves in any parking area. Other plans Volkswagen has when it comes to technological innovations include the development of vehicles which can run errands autonomously, and robots that have the ability to automatically charge an electric Porsche after it parks itself.
“Our clear objective is autonomously driving vehicles that facilitate mobility for everyone at the push of a button and that gives people back time and quality of life as well as greatly improving safety on the roads,” said Jungwirth. “Autonomous parking is a milestone on the way there.”
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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