Volkswagen Group testing autonomous parking at Hamburg Airport


Using what is to date unique technology, the Volkswagen Group is currently testing autonomous parking at Hamburg Airport: based on a car park map the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles navigate their way to a parking space on their own.


Orientation is provided for them by simple pictorial markers installed in the multi-storey car park. Its advantage: this can be used in essentially any car park. The function is set to be available for the first customers in selected multi-storey car parks from the start of the next decade.

Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer of the Volkswagen Group, says: "Autonomous parking can make an important contribution to creating convenient, stress-free mobility for our customers. We therefore want to democratise the technology and make it accessible to as many people as possible."

The autonomous parking function being publicly demonstrated for the first time in Hamburg has already left the research lab and is currently at an advanced stage of development. It is due to be ready to order for some initial Volkswagen Group vehicles from the start of the next decade.

In the first stage it will be possible to use autonomous parking in selected multi-storey car parks in an exclusive traffic flow, i.e. in separate areas of the car park not accessible to people. Before operation in exclusive traffic begins, the autonomous parking system is being extensively tested: thousands of parking procedures in different places around the world are being performed and analysed. In parallel with this safeguarding of the system through simulations is also taking place.

The next stage will be operation in mixed traffic, i.e. vehicles parking and moving autonomously in the same areas of the car park as cars with drivers. And the vision is clear: to have vehicles parking autonomously in all car parks, including public ones, such as outside supermarkets.

There are good reasons for gradually introducing autonomous driving functions: "What we offer our customers works absolutely reliably and safely. This is what today's technology for vehicles from the Volkswagen Group stands for, and we will continue to keep this promise "“ also in the era of autonomous driving," says Johann Jungwirth.

The vehicles with the autonomous parking function will all be equipped with an active surroundings recognition system. This is able to recognise objects and react accordingly, be that by going around them, braking or completely stopping. Vehicles are equipped for this with a sensor set, including, for instance, ultrasound, radar and cameras. The data is processed in a central control unit in the car.

In the multi-storey car park the car uses map data to drive on its own accord to a vacant parking space. Simple pictorial markers put up in the car park provide the vehicles with a means of orientation.

One of the trials of autonomous parking is currently being run in Hamburg: as part of the partnership between the Volkswagen Group and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche brands are trialling autonomous parking at Hamburg Airport. The brands are pooling their know-how with the aim of quickly getting the new function ready for use in production vehicles across all three brands. The brands bring with them many years of experience from the development of a range of parking functions. They are also bringing together their latest expertise in relation to autonomous driving.

And that's not all! As a mobility provider of the future, the Volkswagen Group is demonstrating at Hamburg Airport an integrated concept that systematically puts the focus on the customer and their needs. To this end the brands are complementing autonomous parking with a variety of different services, thus giving a look ahead to a full-service offering for the convenient, stress-free parking of the future.

With "Volkswagen We" the brand is even now already extending their portfolio of services through online functions, services and apps. Over the next few years this range will be significantly expanded, making numerous additional services available to Volkswagen customers. The "We Park" app, which is already available and highly popular, is one example. "We Deliver" is another. With these services the car does not just simply become digital, it simultaneously acts as the interface for increasingly more areas of life. With the "We Deliver" service users will in future have parcels that they order online delivered directly to their car. The service has already been tested in Berlin as part of a pilot phase. The Volkswagen's boot acts here as the delivery address. The vehicle's position is given with the order. The courier uses GPS data to pin down the location of the freely accessible parked car within a radius of 300 metres and is given one-time, secure access to the boot. The aim is that in future it is not just deliveries that will be possible. The intention is that couriers should be able to collect returns and franked parcels too.

On the way to fully automated driving functions and the vision of autonomous driving, the Audi of the future is going to offer even more: continuously further enhanced vehicle intelligence is being joined by a high level of interaction intelligence. For it is not only on the road that the car of the future has great potential for saving time and providing added convenience: in specially designated areas, known as "˜Audi AI Zones', an Audi will in future take care of a variety of different things autonomously "“ without the driver being present. If, for example, a travelling salesman leaves his Audi in a marked area (Handover Zone), the car is then able to drive independently and with no driver to various service facilities, such as a car wash, a filling station or indeed a shirt laundry service. The Audi, which thanks to Audi AI is both intelligent and connected with its surroundings, also finds a parking space itself and steers itself precisely to it. At the desired time it is back in the Handover Zone ready to continue the journey. The driver can track the car's actions at any time via an app and also add new services.

"In public areas, and possibly even at home, charging robots will contribute to increasing the acceptance of electric mobility," says Uwe Michael, Head of Electrics/Electronics Development at Porsche. For the car gets not only automatically parked, but automatically charged as well. After going to a restaurant, for instance, the customer returns to a fully charged vehicle. Michael: "At the same time, utilisation of the charging infrastructure is improved, because the car is only at a charging point for as long as it takes to be charged."

This is how Park & Charge works: as soon as the electric car or hybrid model has parked up fully autonomously at a charging point, vehicle and charging robot communicate via WLAN. The vehicle's charging cap is automatically opened, the charging robot's arm moves forward and establishes the connection between electric mains and on-board charger. Afterwards, the vehicle automatically parks in a different parking space, thus freeing up the charging point for the next electric car.

The trial of autonomous parking run in Hamburg shows us the shape of urban mobility of the future: new mobility solutions are changing the traditional role of the purely engineering-oriented car manufacturer, new partnerships are emerging and customers and their needs are increasingly becoming the central point of focus. Johann Jungwirth says: "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. Autonomous parking is a milestone on the way there."

The Latest News, Brought To You By
Volkswagen Group testing autonomous parking at Hamburg Airport
Modified on Friday 13th April 2018
Find all articles related to:
Volkswagen Group testing autonomous parking at Hamburg Airport
TaaS Technology Magazine

Tuesday 9th - Wednesday 10th July 2019 @ The National Motorcycle Museum

Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) Technology will evolve in 2019 from the inaugural conference which took place in 2018, into two co-located conferences plus a shared exhibition. As per 2018 TaaS Technology will cover Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and Future Mobility. The new co-located conference will look at 'Energising Future Mobility' and will focus on the key topics surrounding Electric Vehicles (EVs), Battery/Energy Technology and Infrastructure.

Places will be limited, so register your place today:
Geotab To Roll Out Telematics Technology In Over 200,000 US Government Vehicles
ELIX Opens New Engineering Centre In Chongqing, China
Hella Creates Open Fusion Platform To Simplify Development Of Autonomous Driving Functions
Renovo Names Former GM Executive To Board Of Directors
Hyundai Mobis To Partner With Yandex For Developing AI Based Autonomous Vehicle Platform
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Launches Alliance Intelligent Cloud On Microsoft Azure
XPENG To Premiere Its Next Production EV At Auto Shanghai 2019
WeRide To Demonstrate Pre-commercial Level 4 Autonomous Driving Solutions
Groupe Renault Begins Pilot Project Involving V2G Charging In EVs On A Large Scale
Chinese Automotive Tier 1 VIE Licenses WiTricity Wireless EV Charging Technology
Cognata Teams Up With NVIDIA For Autonomous Vehicle Simulation
C-V2X Infrastructure Technology Provider Applied Information Joins 5GAA
Volkswagen And Northvolt Form European Battery Union
Ricardo’s New Technology Helps Avoid Motion Sickness In Autonomous Vehicles
Continental To Power Hiyacar’s QuickStart Technology System
APC’s UK Pavilion Helps Automotive Tech Companies Secure Orders Upto £1.5 Million Annually
Continental, Deutsche Telekom, Fraunhofer ESK, MHP And Nokia Successfully Conclude Tests Of Connected Driving Technology
Volvo To Deploy Care Key As Standard On All Cars For Safer Car Sharing
Lumotive Launches High-Performance LiDAR For Autonomous Vehicles
SoundHound Unveils Hybrid Voice AI And Natural Language Understanding System For Cars
Jungo Demonstrates CoDriver AI Driver Monitoring Software
Daimler And NewMotion Offer Intelligent Charging Solutions For Fleet Customers
NVIDIA And Toyota Research Institute Partner To Create Safer Autonomous Transportation
Goodyear, Envoy Pilot Digital Service Solution For Shared, On-demand EV Fleets
Search the news archive

To close this popup you can press escape or click the close icon.
Register - Step 1

You may choose to subscribe to the TaaS Magazine, the TaaS Newsletter, or both. You may also request additional information if required, before submitting your application.

Please subscribe me to:


You chose the industry type of "Other"

Please enter the industry that you work in:
Please enter the industry that you work in: