Announced Chinese electric car maker Xpeng for a new autonomous driving feature designed to operate on highways increases its challenge to domestic competitors as well as Tesla.
This feature – called Guided Navigation, or NGP – allows the Xpeng P7 to automatically change lanes, accelerate or slow down, or overtake and enter and exit highways.
The feature is part of the next generation of Xpeng’s so-called advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), which the company expects to launch in the first quarter of this year.
ADAS refers to a system that has some independent features, but a driver is still required.
Xpeng is one of the emerging companies in the electric car industry in China that is looking to advance in the growing market in the country as it is fighting other startups, such as: Nio and Li Auto, in addition to the giant US electric car giant Tesla.
Mass deliveries of the Xpeng P7, the direct competitor to Tesla’s Model 3 car, began in June.
Xpeng delivered 27,041 cars in 2020 – more than double what it was a year ago.
The Guided Navigation System, or NGP, is a challenge to Tesla’s autonomous ADAS system called Autopilot, which includes a feature called Navigate on Autopilot. Which has similar functions to NGP’s from Xpeng.
Electric vehicle companies in China are looking to add more autonomous features to their cars, and Nio has its own system called NIO Pilot.
The driver needs to watch the safety video before he can operate the Xpeng highway driving function, and drivers need to keep their hands on the steering wheel while using the vehicle’s autonomous features.
The users enter their destination in the map, and the car then begins to perform some functions, such as changing the lane by itself.
Drivers receive a warning when they need manual vehicle control, for example, during bad weather conditions or a road accident.
Xpeng says its vehicles are equipped with up to 14 cameras and other important sensors, and Nvidia’s Xavier computing system powers the ADAS advanced driver assistance system.
The highway driving feature is available in the premium version of the P7, and is only available to customers in China.