XPeng challenges Tesla FSD with City Navigation Pilot ADAS

Chinese auto industry EFV XPeng Motors It announced that it has launched a pilot program for the City Navigation Pilot (NGP) advanced driver assistance system. With its debut, XPeng claims to be the first Chinese company to offer such a “high standard” of ADAS for complex urban driving, and continues to challenge Tesla’s fully autonomous driving (FSD) technology overseas.

XPeng Motors continues to compete as one of the leading electric vehicle makers in China, amid supply chain constraints, the real estate crisis and the severe restrictions of COVID-19. 68,983 electric vehicles were delivered in the first half of this year, a year-on-year increase of 124%, which, According to the automakerwas enough to secure its crown as number one in deliveries “among China’s emerging auto brands” for four consecutive quarters.

Although the future guidance of the automaker predicts this Deliveries are dwindling until 2022There is much cause for optimism. XPeng is expected to officially Launching its new brand G9 SUV in China later this week, which can charge 200 kilometers (124 miles) of range in five minutes.

As XPeng’s most advanced EV to date, the G9 will also come equipped with XPeng’s highly advanced X-PILOT 4.0 ADAS, capable of full-scenario assisted driving through Navigational Guide Pilot (NGP)similar to Tesla’s FSD technology, but with a full embrace of LiDAR.

The “highway” version of XPeng’s NGP was launched in China in the first quarter of 2021 on the premium P7 sedan, powered by XPILOT 3.0. This ADAS feature works without LiDAR, but its potential is limited – it allows assisted driving on motorways and highways, but not for city-wide driving.

XPeng first teased City NGP In a video last September, shows a beta version of the program that navigates the busy city streets of China without human intervention. In July, XPeng Share more comprehensive screenshots City NGP, which looks more promising than Tesla technology at the moment.

according to press release Today, XPeng has begun a City NGP pilot program on urban streets in China, bringing ADAS technology one step closer to full market integration — a feat Tesla has yet to achieve.

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Screenshot of City NGP at XPeng in action / Source: XPeng Motors

XPeng looks like the best Tesla FSD in China with City NGP

XPeng Motors has officially launched the NGP ADAS City Pilot Program in Guangzhou, China. The ADAS platform is made possible by XPeng’s suite of sensors to deliver 360-degree fusion visualization through cameras, LiDAR, millimeter wave radars and high-precision positioning units.

XPeng’s approach contrasts with Tesla, which previously abandoned LiDAR in favor of a single vision concept. As Tesla FSD continues to expand and improve During the experimental phaseThe US automaker continues to delay its large-scale launch as its customers wait until it delivers on its promise of fully autonomous driving.

In addition to the sensor fusion framework, XPeng has introduced an Enhanced Surrounding Reality (SR) rendering that can visualize and display objects surrounding an EV in 3D on both the digital dashboard and the center console in real time (see above). When the ADAS system is activated in an XPeng EV with a specified destination, City NGP can perform the following:

  • cruise at a safe distance from the pilot vehicles;
  • changing lanes due to navigation decisions or overtaking the vehicle;
  • Dealing with combined or split methods;
  • overtaking stationary vehicles or obstacles;
  • maintain proper speed throughout the track;
  • Automatically detect and respond to traffic lights;
  • Make lane change decisions and inform drivers;
  • Turn left or right and navigate through intersections, roundabouts, bridges and tunnels;
  • Avoid obstacles such as construction, pedestrians and cyclists.

City NGP represents XPeng Motor’s latest development in ADAS and autonomous technology, finally adapting to the toughest environment electric vehicles can traverse autonomously – busy urban streets. Company founder and chairman He Xiaoping spoke about the automaker’s progress:

With the launch of City NGP, XPeng is driving a strategic roadmap to complete our ADAS coverage from highways and parking lots to more complex city driving scenarios, providing our customers with improved security and an enhanced driving experience. We believe that City NGP’s continued development and expansion of coverage will accelerate the transformation of our customers’ driving experiences.

Currently, City NGP beta program is available for XPeng P5 sedan drivers Via OTA updateBut the automaker says the program will expand to other cities outside of Guangzhou in the future. Check out XPeng’s City NGP app from the above video posted in July:

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