What’s Happening: Xpeng Inc., a top smart electric vehicle company, has announced that starting March 31, it will initiate the rollout of its XNGP Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) to eligible customers in China. The company will deliver XNGP via Over-the-Air (OTA) updates to XPENG G9 Max and P7i Max customers in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Shanghai.
Why It Matters: This marks a significant milestone in the development of autonomous driving, as Xpeng aims to significantly enhance customers’ driving experience using cutting-edge technology. Dr. Xinzhou Wu, Vice President and Head of Autonomous Driving Center at XPENG, stated that XNGP has proven to be a highly advanced and capable ADAS platform in the Chinese market.
- The first phase of the rollout will expand City NGP (Navigation Guided Pilot) functions, already available in Guangzhou, to eligible customers in Shenzhen and Shanghai.
- The OTA update includes Xpeng’s enhanced SR (Simulated Reality) 2.0, powered by XNET perception technology, which provides a real-time Bird’s Eye View (BEV) and 360° panoramic environmental perception of surrounding road conditions.
- The OTA update, delivered through XPENG’s latest operating system Xmart OS 4.2.0, brings 27 new functions, 52 optimizations, and over 40 other improvements.
- The second phase of XNGP’s rollout is planned for the second half of 2023 and will include full lane changing, overtaking, and navigation through crossroads under complex city driving scenarios.
Bottom Line: Xpeng’s rollout of its XNGP ADAS in China’s major cities marks an important step in the development of autonomous driving technology, and the company’s commitment to enhancing the driving experience for its customers.