Volkswagen has announced their involvement in the V-Charge project which has successfully created an automated parking and electric vehicle charging service.

Volkswagen has announced their involvement in the V-Charge project which has successfully created an automated parking and electric vehicle charging service.

Billed as the future of valet parking, the V-Charge system allows drivers to pull up to the entrance of a car park and then exit their vehicle.  The driver then uses a smartphone to activate the automated parking process.  When this occurs, a digital map is sent to the vehicle to help it autonomously navigate to an open parking space.

The car park prototype also has an inductive charging spot for electric vehicles. The V-Charge system will automatically send electric vehicles to this spot to recharge their batteries.  When the batteries are full, the system will tell the vehicle to move to another parking spot so the charging station can be used by another electric vehicle.

When the owner is ready to leave, they simply use the V-Charge app to tell the car to come to the pick-up area and it will automatically drive itself there.