VW to Test Autonomous Parking Tech at Hamburg Airport

Volkswagen AG has begun testing vehicles with autonomous parking capabilities at the airport in Hamburg, Germany.

The company aims to commercialize the technology in production vehicles by 2020. Initially, the autonomous mode will be limited to areas inaccessible to people. The second phase of the rollout will involve mixed traffic operation.

In the Hamburg tests, owners of specially equipped Audi, Porsche and VW vehicles can remotely reserve a parking space at a multi-story garage at the airport. At the garage, they can leave their car at the entrance and it will park itself in an available spot—with a battery charging port if needed.

While away, the owner can arrange to have packages and dry cleaning delivered to the vehicle. Upon return, drivers can signal their car to pick them up at the front of the building via a smartphone app. Payments also are handled electronically.