Xpeng, Tesla’s challenger from China, has its eye on the international market and plans to use its smart driving software as a selling point.
The Guangzhou-based electric vehicle upstart said at an event this week that it will start developing its highway-specific Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) for global users in 2024, while the international version of its next-generation, all-purpose XNGP feature will commence development in 2025.
“We look forward to enabling overseas users to access Xpeng’s autonomous driving that is already available in China,” Xiaopeng He, the firm’s founder and CEO, said at the event.
NGP and its souped-up version XNGP are the equivalent of Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system Full-Self Driving (FSD). Specifically, XNGP is the catch-all marketing moniker for all of Xpeng’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features, including highway and urban driving as well as self-parking.
While initially using high-definition maps to navigate, XNGP recently removed such pre-computed information so Xpeng vehicles can drive anywhere, relying on sensors like lidars and radars that detect real-time road conditions.
Founded in 2014, Xpeng first ventured out of China in late 2021, starting with Europe. It has since shipped its plugged-in SUVs and sports sedans to Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden, with Germany, France and the U.K. on the roadmap for 2024. Last year, Xpeng commenced sales in Israel, joining a wave of Chinese EV firms flocking to the Middle East.
It remains to be seen how Xpeng’s map-free driver-assist system performs on these unfamiliar territories.
Chinese electric vehicle company Xpeng is expanding its focus to the international market and plans to leverage its smart driving software as a selling point. The company announced at an event that it will begin developing its highway-specific Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) for global users in 2024, followed by the development of the international version of its next-generation XNGP feature in 2025. Xpeng’s NGP and XNGP are comparable to Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system, Full-Self Driving (FSD), and encompass various advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features such as highway and urban driving and self-parking. Xpeng’s vehicles initially relied on high-definition maps for navigation but have since transitioned to using sensors like lidars and radars to detect real-time road conditions. Xpeng first expanded outside of China in late 2021, entering the European market, and has since shipped its electric SUVs and sedans to countries such as Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden, with plans to enter Germany, France, and the UK in 2024. The company also started sales in Israel, joining other Chinese EV companies in targeting the Middle East. The performance of Xpeng’s map-free driver-assist system in these new markets remains to be seen.