XPILOT 3.5 and City NGP

How Xpeng’s City Navigation Stacks Up Against Tesla’s FSD • Technology Flow

XPILOT 3.5 and City NGP

Xpeng, a Chinese smart electric vehicle startup, has launched its envisioned Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that automates some driving functions in urban environments.

City Navigation Guided Pilot (City NGP), an expanded version of Xpeng’s NGP that performs tasks such as assisted driving on highways based on a navigation route set by the driver, is being tested on a pilot basis in Guangzhou. According to the company, customers of certain Xpeng P5 family sedans in the City can now get access to the City NGP through an over-the-air update.

Xpeng’s City NGP has been compared to Tesla’s fully self-driving (FSD) beta software – Xpeng’s tech promises to be similar to Tesla’s ADAS, including cruise control, automatic lane changes, navigating around stationary vehicles or detecting and responding to traffic lights. , taking left or right turns, navigating through intersections and avoiding obstacles such as construction, pedestrians and cyclists.

At least, that’s what the technology promises to do; Whether it works as advertised is another question. Tesla has faced numerous complaints and lawsuits for failing to meet promised efficiencies.

Tesla and Xpeng aim to achieve fully autonomous driving through sequential rollouts of their driver assist systems. The main difference and the important one here is in the sensor stacks of the companies. Tesla has taken a vision-only approach to fully self-driving that relies on cameras and neural network processing. Xpeng, like other companies targeting autonomous driving, has a full suite of sensors that include cameras, lidar and radar.

“With the rollout of City NGP, XPeng is leading a strategic road map to expand our ADAS coverage from highways and parking lots to more complex city driving scenarios, providing our customers with enhanced safety and an optimized driving experience,” said Xiaopeng, Chairman and CEO of XPeng. said in a statement. “We believe the continued evolution of City NGP and the expansion of its coverage will accelerate the transformation of our customers’ driving experiences.”

Finally, the City NGP features Xpilot 3.5, Xpeng’s latest version of its standard ADAS (how Teslas come standard with Autopilot). Drivers piloting the City NGP will need a “seven-day familiarization period – and 100 km of driving – before using its functions on all available roads,” the company said. Going forward, Xpeng’s full-featured ADAS will be introduced to the automaker’s new flagship G9 SUV, which will be launched in China on September 21.

Xpeng did not immediately respond to requests for more information on whether City NGP will be available on all vehicles going forward or whether drivers will bear an additional cost for City NGP. The ExPilot 3.5 is currently priced at around $6,420 (RMB 45,000). Tesla recently raised the price of its FSD software to $15,000 in North America.

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