To be part of the XPILOT 3.0 autonomous driving package, the NGP solution will be launched in the coming few weeks to customers in China


XPeng P7 central panel (Photo: Business Wire)

XPeng, a Chinese smart electric vehicle (EV) company, has unveiled the beta version of its highway autonomous driving solution called Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) during media road tests in Guangzhou, China.

The smart EV company is looking to launch the NGP function in the coming few weeks to customers in China.

The new solution will be a major component of the company’s XPILOT 3.0 autonomous driving package.

XPeng said that NGP highway navigation function enables automatic navigation assisted driving between two points based on the navigation route set by the driver.

It is said to have been created specifically and customised for the complex driving environment in China.

NGP’s full-scenario high-definition positioning capability is claimed to address challenges related to HD-map positioning for the highly complex road conditions in the country, which include areas that do not have GPS signals.

The highway autonomous driving solution is also claimed to have the ability to identify and avoid traffic cones, warn of challenging situations like construction sites or road toll entrances, and automatically follow on in traffic jams.

NGP solution designed to avoid breakdown vehicles and large trucks

According to XPeng, the solution is also developed to avoid breakdown vehicles and large trucks, change lanes for avoiding emergencies, and warn drivers of when to get back into manual control during adverse weather conditions, road accidents, and in other dangerous situations.

Following its launch, the highway autonomous driving solution will be implemented on the premium version of the company’s battery-powered mid-sized sedan XPeng P7 with the XPILOT 3.0 system.

XPeng stated: “Currently, the XPeng P7 is China’s only mass production car with 360-degree dual camera and radar fusion perception system for added safety.

“The new NGP function will make highway driving a safer, smoother, easier and more pleasant experience by automatically performing speed limit adjustment, automatic switching to highways, optimised lane choices, automatic entering and exiting ramps, and automatic overtaking.”

The company claims to have undertaken a million meters of road tests with the NGP solution.

According to the Chinese smart EV company, the solution covers a broad variety of driving scenarios and situations and has a higher success rate for lane change.

The company further claimed that its new highway autonomous driving solution is also said to have lower requirement for driver intervention compared to similar functions in other models available in the market.