Xpeng is intensifying its competition in the autonomous driving space by extending the availability of its Navigation Guided Pilot (XNGP) feature to 27 additional cities, bringing the total coverage to 52 cities, as announced on Weibo.
Starting immediately, Xpeng is launching the public beta of the Xmart OS 4.5.0 system for eligible G9 and P7i vehicles, allowing users to experience the XNGP feature in the newly covered cities. G6 vehicles will join the beta program starting on December 18.
XNGP, originally limited to highways (Highway NGP), has evolved into a full-scenario Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). The company aims to make this feature available in diverse scenarios, including highways, city streets, campus roads, and parking lots.
The initial coverage expansion included urban areas, known as City NGP, with the first five cities being Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Shanghai, and Beijing. During the annual 1024 Tech Day event on October 24, Xpeng outlined plans to extend XNGP to 20 cities lacking HD maps by the end of November, reaching a total of 50 cities by the close of the year.
Xpeng's ambitious roadmap targets the availability of XNGP on all roads in major Chinese cities by the end of 2024. The company also plans to introduce the NGP feature in Europe.
On November 28, Xpeng released the Xmart OS 4.4.0 update, expanding XNGP to an additional 20 cities without HD maps.
Rival Chinese EV manufacturers Li Auto and Nio are also actively expanding the coverage of their respective Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Li Auto plans to roll out OTA 5.0 update on December 19, providing full-scenario smart driving coverage on highways, city ring roads, and urban roads in 110 Chinese cities.
Nio is taking a mileage-centric approach, with its NOP+ (Navigate on Pilot Plus) feature. The company is confident in validating 250,000 kilometers of NOP+ urban pilot routes across 200 cities by the end of the year. Nio aims to complete 400,000 kilometers of NOP+ urban pilot route validation across more than 230 cities by the second quarter of 2024.