LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN STRATEGY DEFINES VOLKSWAGEN I.D. R PIKES PEAK

May 24, 2018

Fully-electric race car weighs less than 2,425 pounds including the driver

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Wolfsburg  (May 24, 2018) — In preparation for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2018, the Volkswagen Motorsport team designed the I.D. R Pikes Peak to strike the best balance between performance and weight. The brand’s first fully-electric racing car will take on the most famous hill climb in the world on June 24th in Colorado Springs, CO, aiming to break the record in the class for electric prototypes, which currently stands at 8:57.118 minutes.

“Before we actually assembled the I.D. R Pikes Peak, we used computers to analyse a multitude of different configurations,” said Willy Rampf, technical advisor to the project. “It was clear to us that we would not have time to build multiple test vehicles. We had to get it right at the first attempt.”

The trials focussed on finding the optimal compromise between performance and weight. Both factors are more dependent on each other in an electric car than in a racing car with a conventional combustion engine. The simple rule of thumb is: The greater the performance, the heavier the batteries required. However, every single gram is unwanted weight—particularly at a hill climb.

On Pikes Peak, the cars must overcome a difference in altitude of more than 4,700 feet on the way to the finish line at 14,115 above sea level. Romain Dumas, at the wheel of the I.D. R Pikes Peak, will also be faced with a series of hairpin turns, where a heavy car would be a disadvantage when braking and accelerating out of corners.

Volkswagen Motorsport engineers decided on the following strategy: The I.D. R Pikes Peak was to be as light as possible, while still maintaining a very high level of performance. Fortunately, there are essentially no regulations for the “Unlimited” class at Pikes Peak, giving the team complete design freedom.

Being given the proverbial blank sheet of paper and told to develop a new racing car from scratch is a dream for any engineer. “To develop a car solely for this 12.4 mile hill climb is a very special task. There were virtually no bounds to the innovation shown by the engineers,” said François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director at Volkswagen Motorsport.

“Simulation played a major role in achieving the low weight of the car,” said Rampf. For example, computers were used to design chassis parts in such a way that they are able to cope with the anticipated loads without any problems, and without appearing oversized—or overweight. The development team also nearly completely dispensed with the standard, but extremely expensive, materials commonly used in top-class motor racing, such as titanium. “The chassis, suspension and safety structure of the I.D. R Pikes Peak are almost completely made of steel and aluminium,” said Demaison.

Despite this, the car, complete with driver, weighs less than 2,425 pounds—a lightweight compared to Pikes Peak category electric race-cars. A relatively low output of 500 kW (671 horsepower) allowed the batterycomponents for the I.D. R Pikes Peak to be so compact that they could be positioned next to and behind the driver, thus ensuring perfect weight distribution. They provide the energy for an electric motor on both the front and rear axles, while torque distribution is managed electronically.

The I.D. R Pikes Peak’s chassis and aerodynamic components are made of an extremely light carbonfiber/Kevlar composite. One of the tasks faced during the design phase was to integrate design elements from the I.D. family—Volkswagen’s future range of fully-electric vehicles—in the exterior of the Pikes Peak racing car. “During this phase of development, we worked particularly closely with our Volkswagen colleagues in Wolfsburg,” said Willy Rampf.

The extent to which the engineers were willing to go to reduce weight is exemplified by the driver’s equipment. Technology partner OMP made driver Dumas’ fire-resistant race suit, as well as the seat padding and six-point harness, from particularly light material. Even the sponsors’ logos are printed onto the overall, to save the weight of conventional patches.

However, Volkswagen Motorsport did have to give in on one point: The regulations of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb stipulate that each driver must wear a large event emblem, roughly 15.7 square inches, on their race suit. The plan was to have this logo printed on Dumas’ race suit too, but according to the regulations, it has to be sewn on. Demaison joked, “The thread used for that weighs almost as much as the entire suit.”

 

About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at http://www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Notes:
This press release and images of the I.D. R Pikes Peak are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews.
“VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG.

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Meet the sausage that’s one of Volkswagen’s most popular products

In the official Volkswagen parts list, it’s item no. 199 398 500 A — one of the world’s most unique sausages, and a Volkswagen original celebrating its 45th year of production.

First created in 1973, Volkswagen has made its own currywurst sausage ever since, and in the process turned it into a symbol of the company throughout Europe. While it’s a staple of the factory cafeterias in Wolfsburg and other European Volkswagen plants for breakfast or lunch, it’s also sold in grocery stores under the “Volkswagen Originalteil” (German for “original parts”) brand. Dealers in Germany often give five-packs of them to customers as gifts. And it’s a huge hit: last year, Volkswagen made 6.8 million currywursts – more than the number of vehicles the VW brand sold worldwide in 2017.

What does the VW currywurst taste like? To an American palate accustomed to bratwursts and other sausages typically labeled “sweet” or “hot,” the currywurst walks the broad space in between. There’s a strong yellow curry flavor, but with a kick from the pepper and ginger in the spices. The actual recipe, as devised by the original Volkswagen butchers in 1973, is an official company secret known only to a few people. It’s typically served either intact or chopped into bite-size slices on a paper bowl and drenched in ketchup – preferably the curry-flavored variety also made to Volkswagen’s recipe.

Since its inception, the currywurst has been made in-house by Volkswagen employees. Today, about 30 workers, most of them trained butchers, oversee the process at VW’s flagship plant in Wolfsburg. Three times a week, the plant takes in fresh pork from nearby farms and grinds choice cuts into a precise mix. “Our currywurst has a fat content of only 20 percent. Normally, it’s around 35 percent,” explains Head Butcher Franco Lo Presti, who has been making VW currywurst since 1979.

After mixing in the spices and packed into casings, the sausages are dried, smoked over beechwood and steamed for 100 minutes at 176 degrees. The final product is weighed, inspected and packaged for shipping to other Volkswagen plans or retailers, with a typical output of 18,000 sausages a day. For those workers who don’t prefer meat, VW has also made a vegetarian variant since 2010.

The best chance to taste Volkswagen’s hand-crafted cuisine for yourself will likely involve a trip overseas. Fresh currywurst can’t be imported here; for those rare occasions when Volkswagen has wanted to serve currywurst in the United States, it has flown the butchers into the country and replicated the production line with local ingredients. But there’s no need to rush, as Volkswagen’s most popular non-vehicle part will be in production for many years to come.

VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS NAMED BEST FAMILY SUV AT OUTDOOR ACTIVITY VEHICLE OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

May 10, 2018

Northwest Automotive Press Association members recognize the three-row SUV’s
confident handling and excellent interior space
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HERNDON, VA (May 10, 2018) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was named  Best Family SUV by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) at the 2018 Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year competition. For more than 20 years, NWAPA has held the event to evaluate the best SUVs, crossovers, and pickups available to consumers. Vehicles are tested on closed courses that replicate conditions active buyers in the Northwest might encounter in their daily and weekend travels and adventures.

“We are delighted that the journalists of NWAPA picked the Atlas as their Best Family SUV for 2018,” said Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Volkswagen of America, Inc. “In a very competitive segment, the Atlas delivers a winning combination. Its spaciousness, configurability, and capability make it an ideal vehicle choice for buyers all over the U.S.”

“The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas hit all the marks for NWAPA media professionals, with excellent on-road manners, confident handling off-the-pavement, plus excellent passenger and cargo space,” said NWAPA President John Vincent of U.S. News & World Report.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was introduced in 2017 as the brand’s first three-row SUV. Designed specifically for the American family, the 2018 Atlas is available with two engine options—a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6—and in five trim levels: S, SE, SE w/ Technology, SEL, and SEL Premium. The 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system is available on a variety of trims and Atlas is assembled in Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the Atlas starts at $30,750.

 

About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, and Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at http://www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

About the Northwest Automotive Press Association:
NWAPA is a professional trade organization of automotive journalists from throughout the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia. Founded in the early 1980s as the Northwest Auto Writers Group, it became the Northwest Automotive Press Association in 1991. NWAPA includes more than 40 members who represent more than 75 newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, media groups, and online publications in the Northwest and throughout North America. Outlets include Car and Driver, Autoweek, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, MSN Autos, The Oregonian, and many more.

Notes:
This press release and images of the 2018 Atlas are available at media.vw.com. Follow us @VWNews

“4Motion”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This information is preliminary and subject to change. The Atlas tested was a SEL trim level vehicle.

Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

Starting MSRP of $30,750 for a 2018 Volkswagen Atlas S 2.0L TSI with 8-speed automatic transmission. Price excludes transportation taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

Volkswagen to Debut Night Vision in the Touareg

source: https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/volkswagen-to-debut-night-vision-in-the-touareg/

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Volkswagen AG has announced that the company would be debuting a night vision system on its 2019 Touareg crossover vehicle.

The technology would involve the use of an infrared camera in order to detect the thermal image emitted by objects like large animals, pedestrians and cyclists who are as far as 425 ft away. This distance is beyond most high-beam headlights. In the event that the object lies in the vehicle’s path, drivers are alerted through visual and/or audio cues.

Initially, the objects that are detected on the side of the road are represented in yellow within a black and white image which is seen on the vehicle’s digital instrument panel. The yellow figure becomes red as the vehicle moves closer and the object crosses thresholds boundaries in line with the vehicle’s path.

Drivers can opt to turn the full display on and off but Volkswagen has said that the system is automatically activated in the event that a potentially dangerous situation is detected with the vehicle moving at speeds that exceed 50 kph (31 mph). When the vehicle is moving at a slower speed, potential risks are indicated by an audio warning and a head-up display in vehicles which have such systems.
The night vision system is linked to an automatic emergency braking system and if it senses a collision is imminent will prepare the brakes to provide immediate maximum deceleration. The system also can be teamed with VW’s “IQ.Light” LED matrix headlights that can spotlight detected objects.

FOUR DECADES OF PROGRESS: HOW THE 2019 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA COMPARES TO THE 1980 ORIGINAL

source: https://media.vw.com/en-us/releases/1010

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Herndon, VA (April 25th, 2018) — Originally billed as a “Rabbit with a trunk,” the first generation Volkswagen Jetta was designed for the growing number of buyers worldwide who wanted extra cargo space and the style of a sedan in a compact car. Shortly after its U.S. introduction in 1980, the Jetta became the best-selling German model in America, with more than 3.2 million models sold since.

Comparing the original generation of the Jetta, as represented by a 1982 version recently acquired and restored by Volkswagen Group of America, to the all-new 2019 Jetta demonstrates just how far the VW brand has advanced in nearly four decades—and what traits have remained true since its introduction.

When it first hit American roads, the compact Jetta defined a new segment for Volkswagen. The brand had considerable success with the subcompact Rabbit in the late 1970s, following the end of Beetle sales in the United States. Built off the Golf platform and named for the German word for “jet stream,” the Jetta two- and four-door versions were the sixth models in the VW lineup for 1980, along with the Rabbit, Dasher, Scirocco, Vanagon and VW Pickup.

For its era, the Jetta offered a standard amount of power—76 horsepower from a 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine. More important was its handling prowess, tuned to offer a tighter road feel than the other compact vehicles of its era. It had a healthy list of standard features, from power-assisted brakes and AM/FM cassette-player combo, to cut-pile carpet and intermittent wipers. The only options were a three-speed automatic transmission (in place of the standard five-speed manual), air conditioning, sunroof, tinted glass, and aluminum-alloy wheels.

 

1980 Jetta 2019 Jetta
Height 55.5 inches 57.4 inches
Width 63.4 inches 70.8 inches
Length 167.8 inches 185.1 inches
Wheelbase 94.4 inches 105.5 inches
Trunk space 14.1 cu. ft. 14.1 cu. ft.
Horsepower 76 147
Torque (lb-ft) 83 185
Transmissions Five-speed manual, three-speed automatic Six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic
EPA-estimated Fuel Economy About 21 mpg combined* 34 mpg combined
Brakes Front disc/rear drum 4-wheel disc; ABS, ESC
Steering Rack and pinion, unassisted Electric power steering
Wheels 13-inch steel wheels with chrome hubcaps; optional 13-, 14- and 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels 16- and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
Colors Alpine White, Diamond Silver, Black, Indiana Red, Mexico Beige, Inari Silver Pure White, Tornado Red, Black, Deep Black Pearl, White Silver, Platinum Grey, Sage Green, Silk Blue, Habanero Orange
Cruise Control Unavailable Standard; optional Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Lights Dual sealed-beam headlights, bulb taillights LED headlights & taillights; LED Daytime Running Lights; automatic on/off
Infotainment AM/FM cassette stereo AM/FM/SAT with touchscreen and standard Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect, Bluetooth® and USB; optional 8-speaker BeatsAudio® and navigation
Air Conditioning Optional Standard; optional dual-zone Climatronic® automatic climate control
Seats 4 5, optional heated and cooled front seats, power driver’s seat, and heated rear seats
USB ports Not yet invented 1 or 2, dependent on trim
Ashtrays 2 0
Cigarette Lighter 1 0
Armrests 0 2
Cupholders 0 8
Airbags 0 6

 

*EPA estimates for older models were revised lower than their original figures in subsequent years.

At first glance, the biggest difference between 39 years of automotive development isn’t just size or an extra seating position. While the 2019 Jetta is larger in every exterior dimension, its technology drives the most striking evolutions. LEDs were still only for calculators in 1980; today, the Jetta uses LED headlights and taillights along with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) that create a light “signature.” In addition, a 10-color interior LED ambient lighting system is available.

Driver-assistance features in the first-generation Jetta included such touches as a driver’s side rearview mirror that you could adjust without rolling down the window. The side mirror on the 2019 Jetta is electrically adjustable, and can offer the Blind Spot Warning system that alerts drivers to vehicles they might not see otherwise. A rearview camera is standard as well. Other available driver-assistance technology available on the 2019 Jetta—like Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist), High Beam Control (Light Assist) and Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist)—weren’t available on any vehicle in 1980. And where the original Jetta did not have cruise control, available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) on the 2019 Jetta can work in stop-and-go traffic to resume speeds when traffic clears.

Of course, technology has also made the interior of the Jetta a much more pleasant place to spend time. Music in the original Jetta came from AM/FM radio or a cassette tape player. AM/FM radio has stood the test of time, while cassettes have given way to satellite radio and music streaming. The 2019 Jetta has a touchscreen infotainment system with standard Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with the three major platforms—Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®.  The new Jetta is the also the first Volkswagen in the U.S. to offer the available eight-speaker BeatsAudio® system. And despite its increased size, safety and features list, the 2019 Jetta has significantly better EPA-estimated fuel economy than its ancestor.

Yet some features of the seventh-generation Jetta have remained unchanged. In 1980, Car and Driver’s David E. Davis said “the big trunk, the roomy, comfortable interior, and the remarkable quiet at 75 miles per hour make the Jetta a lovely car for the serious driver.”

The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta will be available in S, SE, R-Line®, SEL, and SEL Premium trim levels and is expected to arrive at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the second quarter of 2018.

 

 

About Volkswagen of America, Inc. 
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state -of-the- art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s largest producers of passenger cars and Europe’s largest automaker. VWoA sells the Atlas, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, Tiguan Limited vehicles through more than 650 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at http://www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.

Notes: This press release and images of the 2019 Jetta are available at media.vw.com.

“Climatronic”, “R-Line”, “TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, “XDS”, all model names and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG. “Car-Net” is a registered trademark of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “CarPlay” is a trademark of Apple, Inc. “BeatsAudio” is a registered trademark of Beats Electronics, LLC, a subsidiary of Apple, Inc. “Bluetooth” is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. “MirrorLink” is a registered trademark of the Car Connectivity Consortium LLC. “Android Auto” is a trademark of Google Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This information is preliminary and subject to change.

Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They may differ in other countries.

Where stated, fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. See www.fueleconomy.gov for details. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

Driver assistance features are not substitutes for attentive driving. See Owner’s Manual for further details, and important limitations.

Always pay careful attention to the road when using App-Connect, and do not drive while distracted. Not all features available on all operating systems. Standard text and data usage rates apply. App-Connect features require compatible device, operating system, and mobile apps. See mobile device and app providers for terms and privacy.

VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS FULLY-ELECTRIC I.D. R PIKES PEAK

Volkswagen_I.D._R_Pikes_Peak-Large-8200.jpgWolfsburg (April 22, 2018) — Ushering in a new era of Volkswagen motorsport, the brand unveiled its fully-electric supercar—the I.D. R Pikes Peak—today in Alès, France. The supercar will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill climb in Colorado Springs, CO, on June 24, seeking to beat the existing electric car record of 8:57.118 minutes in the annual “Race to the Clouds.” I.D. R Pikes Peak weighs less than 2,500 lbs and produces 680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, giving it a 0-60 time of 2.25 seconds—faster than even Formula 1 and Formula E cars.

“Volkswagen’s goal is to reach the pinnacle of electromobility with the I.D. family,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development. “The hill climb on Pikes Peak will definitely be a real acid test for the electric drive. Customers have always benefitted from the findings made in motorsport, and we expect to take these findings and use them as a valuable impetus for the development of future I.D. models.”

The top goal when developing the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak was not on maximum performance, as is usually the case with racing cars, but rather to find the ideal balance between energy capacity and weight. Volkswagen’s prototype for Pikes Peak justifiably bears two quality seals in its name. The “R”, which is synonymous with performance cars, and the “I.D.”, the symbol of Volkswagen’s smart E-technology.

As with the sensational twin-engine Golf that took on the Pikes Peak challenge in 1985, 1986 and 1987, the engineers have opted for a solution with two power units. The I.D. R Pikes Peak features two electric engines, generating a system capacity of 680 hp.

Lithium-ion batteries are used as the energy storage system, similar to production EVs, as their power density is the crucial factor for the system when producing high voltage. Roughly 20 percent of the electric energy required is generated during the drive, so the key here is energy recovery. When braking, the electric engines act as generators, converting some of the braking energy into electricity and feeding this into the battery.

Volkswagen’s Pikes Peak program enters a crucial phase with the unveiling of the car in Alès. As testing on the 12.42-mile route of the hill climb in Colorado Springs is very limited, and only possible on certain sections, the bulk of the testing is not done on the actual route, but at racetracks. With the vehicle revealed to the world, testing can commence.

World-class driver and defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, will be at the wheel of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak for the attempt to break the existing record for electric cars. The 39-year-old Frenchman loves this kind of challenge—as well as three victories at Pikes Peak, he has also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice. Incidentally, Dumas, who names motorsport legend Jacky Ickx as his idol, was born in Alès.

On June 24th, the Race to the Clouds involves a 4,720 vertical-foot climb, 156 corners, and just one single attempt. Not only must the technology and driver be on top form as they attempt to set a new record, but the external conditions must be perfect. It is not unheard of for finish-line temperatures at the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak to be below freezing at the end of June.

Volkswagen tests autonomous parking, aims for 2020 commercial launch

source: https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/volkswagen-autonomous-parking-tests-hamburg-airport/
Stephen Edelstein

Stephen Edelstein

In Hamburg, drivers drop cars off at a designated parking garage. Cars then drive themselves to parking spaces, using map data to find a route and markers on the walls to orient themselves. Volkswagen noted that the relatively low-tech markers can be added to virtually any garage, making it easy to enable autonomous parking. The automaker also believes autonomous parking can be integrated with other services.

Once a car is parked, VW wants delivery services to be able to leave packages in its trunk. Under a system already tested in Berlin, delivery services are provided with the car’s location and one-time access in order to pop the trunk and drop off packages. Future Audis may be able to drive themselves through car washes or gas stations while their owners are away, according to VW, while electric Porsches may drive themselves to charging stations.

This tech could make life more convenient but, in what is probably the right move given the current state of self-driving cars, Volkswagen will roll it out slowly. Initially, autonomous parking will only be available in designated parking garages where human and vehicle traffic are separated. If the system performs satisfactorily, autonomous cars will be allowed to operate in the same areas as cars driven by humans.

Parking may be an easier way to introduce autonomous-driving tech to the public. While some people might be uneasy about relinquishing driving duties, no one enjoys parking. The lower speeds involved when maneuvering through parking garages would also lessen the severity of any crashes. But as with other forms of automation, Volkswagen will likely face public skepticism and regulatory issues.