APCOA Parking participates in an autonomous parking test that will be organized next year in the parking garage of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany.
The news was announced by a representative of DPA (Deutsche Presse-Agentur). As part of the "SynCoPark" project, visitors can leave their car, when provided with an autonomous parking function, at the entrance of the "Elphi" parking garage and then pick it up again after a concert at the exit. The car drives independently into the parking garage and looks for a parking space on its own. APCOA PARKING is closely involved in this project.
The parking garage of the concert hall has 435 parking spaces in total. The first tests will be conducted in the second half of 2020. "SynCoPark" is a collaboration between scientists from the Technical University Braunschweig (Research Center Car Engineering) and various companies from the industrial sector. In addition to APCOA PARKING as a parking operator, the car manufacturers VW and BMW are also involved.
For research purposes, a new parking lot is currently being equipped at Braunschweig Airport with digital infrastructure for testing automated parking. The experiences gained during this process will be used in the parking garage in Hamburg. In addition, the intention is to develop standards that certify digital infrastructures in parking garages and in vehicles.
Autonomous parking is a spearhead of the International Mobility Congress ITS 2021 in Hamburg, for which more than 50 projects have already been registered. These concern, among other things, autonomous driving, traffic pressure prognosis and mobility platforms. The "SynCoPark" project is funded by the German Bundesverkehrsministerium (Ministry of Transport) with 2.5 million euros.
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APCOA’s advanced IT platform is the interface between its car parks, business customers, partners, car drivers and their vehicles. Thus, APCOA is able to offer its business and end customers innovative services and products to improve the efficiency and comfort of their mobility experience. In addition to the company’s customers, these innovative services also create environmental benefits: APCOA actively contributes to reducing CO2 emissions in cities and at traffic intersections by reducing the volume of traffic searching for parking spaces with the aid of digital services and the company’s intelligent traffic management system.