Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Xpeng has rapidly expanded the coverage of its Navigation Guided Pilot (XNGP) assisted driving feature, reaching over 200 cities within a short span. This move follows the recent announcement of completing coverage in 52 cities just four days ago.
Xpeng's XNGP, comparable to Tesla's Full Self-Driving (FSD), now spans 243 cities, adding 191 new cities to its coverage. The company aims for XNGP to offer driver assistance across various scenarios, including highways, city roads, internal campus roads, and parking lots.
Initially introduced on highways as Highway NGP, Xpeng gradually extended its coverage to urban areas, known as City NGP. The expansion was marked by the inclusion of the first five cities: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Shanghai, and Beijing.
We are further strengthening our competitive advantage in high-level smart driving in China.
Our full-stack XNGP ADAS will be available in 243 cities from Jan 2, aiming to create a better, smoother travel experience for everyone through technological innovation.#FutureMobility pic.twitter.com/opyAHy2wUa
— XPENG (@XPengMotors) January 1, 2024
In a recent software update (Xmart OS 4.4.0) released on November 28, Xpeng brought the HD map-independent XNGP feature to an additional 20 cities. On December 29, the company further expanded XNGP coverage to 52 cities following beta testing completion in 27 additional cities.
Owners of eligible vehicles will need to upgrade to Xmart OS 4.5.0 to access the XNGP feature in these 243 cities. The newly launched X9 MPV will be delivered with the latest XNGP features and city coverage.
XNGP utilizes navigation maps, XNet sensing capabilities, and driving strategies to operate in areas without HD maps. The system's overall perception coverage during driving can extend up to the size of 1.8 standard soccer fields, according to Xpeng.
The urban high-level smart driving capabilities of XNGP have covered 90 percent of the city for Max version Xpeng vehicle owners. For Max version owners, XNGP has reached 569,000 available kilometers, according to the company.
Xpeng's vehicles are categorized into Pro and Max trims, with the Pro version lacking LiDAR and featuring Highway NGP and assisted parking. Max version vehicles, equipped with two LiDARs, additionally offer City NGP function for pilot-assisted driving in urban areas.
XNGP, having completed over 3 million kilometers of road verification, is technically capable of supporting urban smart driving nationwide, with the company planning phased availability after engineering tests validate different cities.
The feature has undergone extensive simulated testing, with a simulated driving mileage surpassing 145 million kilometers, covering over 16,000 core simulation scenarios and more than 40,000 specialized simulation scenarios, according to Xpeng.