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VW and Bosch are developing an automated ‘park and charge’ system for EVs at public car parks.

Access will be via smartphones. When arriving at the front of the car park, drivers will use an app to instruct the car to park itself in a designated space.

The EV will also be programmed to go to a charging station whilst in the car park.

It is recognised that GPS signals are not always available inside garages and car parks. The technology used involves cameras, robotics expertise and environment sensing.

When the driver arrives back at the car park, the app will then instruct the fully charged car to return.

A successful trial took place at Stuttgart airport. Electric Vehicle News reports that €5.6 million of EU funding has been invested in the system. The project finishes in 2015. Current work involves fine-tuning for more tricky manoeuvres and ensured reliability.

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