A new Xpeng P7 car is on display in the Xpeng Motors flagship store in a shopping mall. Xpeng P7 is one of the two popular models of Xpeng engines.
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GUANGZHOU, China – Chinese electric car startup Xpeng has released updates to its semi-autonomous driving system to meet its challenge for Tesla in China.
Xpeng has released XPILOT 3.5, the latest version of its advanced driver assistance system System or ADAS. This relates to a driving software system with some autonomous functions, but which still requires a driver.
With XPILOT 3.5, the company is launching a function called City NGP, which stands for Navigation Guided Pilot. The system enables Xpeng’s cars to change lanes, accelerate or slow down, overtake cars and drive on and off freeways. The system used to be designed for highways only, but now Xpeng will be releasing this feature for driving in cities.
XPILOT 3.5 will be available to owners of the Xpeng P5 car, which launched earlier this year. The upgrade is to be introduced to customers in the first half of 2022.
Xpeng also announced details of the next generation ADAS called XPILOT 4.0. The company said it has updated the hardware that will power XPILOT 4.0 and will include features from turning the vehicle on to assisted parking.
XPILOT 4.0 is to be introduced in the first half of 2023.
XPILOT is Xpeng’s rival to Tesla’s ADAS called Autopilot. Competition in the Chinese electric vehicle market continues to intensify. Automakers want to bring features and vehicles to market to differentiate themselves and to stand out from an increasingly dense market.
Xpeng has also launched a new charger for its cars. After just five minutes of charging with the new charger, the car battery should have a range of 200 kilometers, the company says.