Xpeng has announced the City NGP (Navigation Guided Pilot) autopilot platform, designed to drive around the city in semi-autonomous mode – the manufacturer is now testing it, but the system promises capabilities that are not inferior to Tesla FSD.
Xpeng said the City NGP system will help the car perform “a full range of driving tasks” on its own, including maintaining a “safe distance” from the car in front, changing lanes, overtaking, avoiding stationary vehicles and other objects, as well as maintain “proper speed” in the direction of travel. It is emphasized that the system is designed to work not on highways, but in obviously more difficult urban conditions, where there are more potentially dangerous objects and scenarios. City NGP trials are taking place with the participation of some owners of the premium version of the Xpeng P5 sedan in Guangzhou, where the company is headquartered.
The company spoke about City NGP during the announcement of the next version of the XPILOT 3.5 driver assistance system – it allows the car to independently perform some functions, but the presence of a person behind the wheel remains necessary. Xpeng’s trials will need to actually prove City NGP’s reliability and safety before regulators approve the deployment of the system throughout Guangzhou or the entire country.
The company said that anyone interested in testing can download the system with a software update, complete a seven-day “evaluation period” with it, and drive more than 100 km before City NGP can be used on any available roads. The system will be bundled with the new Xpeng G9 crossover, which will debut in China tomorrow.
City NGP, like many of its Chinese counterparts, runs on the NVIDIA hardware platform. The United States has imposed a ban on the import of artificial intelligence accelerators into China, however, as Xpeng noted, it applies to server accelerators, not car chips, so there is no risk of sanctions.
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