He Xiaopeng, CEO of Xpeng, stands next to the company’s P7 electric sedan speaking to media at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show.
Evelyn Cheng | CNBC
GUANGZHOU, China – Chinese electric car maker Xpeng Motors has begun rolling out its new freeway autonomous driving capabilities to eligible customers to increase its challenge for Tesla in the world’s largest auto market.
The electric vehicle start-up announced the Navigation Guided Pilot, or NGP, this month. With this function, drivers can automatically change lanes, accelerate or slow down, overtake cars and enter and leave motorways.
It is part of the next generation of XPILOT 3.0 “enhanced driver support from Xpeng system “(ADAS). Customers who have purchased the option for the premium version of the P7 sedan from Xpeng can download NGP via WLAN.
The functions are part of a more comprehensive so-called over-the-air update, with which customers can download new software via WiFi. It’s similar to updating the operating system on a phone.
XPeng’s operating system, Xmart OS 2.5.0, will be available to all P7 customers. It includes an updated voice assistant and certain apps in the car.
Headquartered in Guangzhou, the company seeks to highlight its software and autonomous driving skills to differentiate itself from domestic competitors like Nio and Li Auto and to challenge Tesla.
The US electric car manufacturer has its own autonomous ADAS called Autopilot.
China’s electric vehicle manufacturers want to add more autonomous functions to their cars. Nio has its own system called NIO Pilot.