With the introduction of a function enabling semi-autonomous city driving, Xpeng has launched a new challenge against Tesla, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles.
The navigation-guided, or City NGP, feature was being tested by the Chinese start-up, which revealed this on Monday.
According to Xpeng, City NGP will enable the car to carry out a “complete range of driving tasks,” including as keeping a “safe distance” from the vehicle in front of it, changing lanes and overtaking, avoiding stationary vehicles or objects, and moving at a “suitable pace” throughout the trip.
It is not intended for use on highways, but rather for urban areas. Due to the multiplicity of potential objects and situations that a driver may encounter, urban locations present more challenging driving settings for autonomous vehicles.

In the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, where the business is located, City NGP is being tested with a select group of P5 sedan premium users.
When Xpeng introduced Xpilot 3.5, the most recent iteration of its advanced driver-assistance system, or ADAS, that year, the City NGP was first made public. The software allows the car to perform some driving tasks automatically, but a driver is still required to operate the vehicle.
Xpeng’s response to Tesla’s Full Self Driving Beta, which the firm is presently testing with consumers in the U.S., is Pilot and City NGP. Tesla’s FSD Beta has been tested, and according to CNBC, it is still riddled with bugs and is not yet suitable for a widespread release.

Vice President of Xpeng Charles Zhang stated to CNBC on Monday that the City NGP pilot gets the business “one step closer to full autonomy.”
However, before Chinese regulators permit the company to roll out the function over the entire city of Guangzhou, let alone the entire country, Xpeng will probably need to demonstrate the dependability and safety of their system.
In what has grown to be a fiercely competitive market, advanced self-driving technologies have emerged as a significant selling point for the profusion of Chinese electric car manufacturers. Competitors of Xpeng, including as Nio and Baidu’s electric vehicle business Jidu, are all working on this technology.

People who are testing City NGP will need to get it via an update, according to Xpeng. Before City NGP may be utilised on all accessible roads, drivers must complete a seven-day “familiarisation phase” with the system and log more than 100 kilometres of driving.
Light Detection and Ranging, or so-called Lidar, is a feature of the P5 sedan, which was introduced last year. The semi-autonomous driving features will be made possible by lidar, which employs laser beams to produce a three-dimensional, seven-day Jiddu picture of the environment around the vehicle.
The G9 sports utility vehicle, which will be unveiled on Wednesday in China, will use the City NGP, according to Xpeng.

Restrictions on Nvidia Chips
Like many of its rivals, Xpeng’s autonomous driving system is powered by Nvidia semiconductors.
The U.S. government barred Nvidia from shipping specific chips into China last month; these chips were primarily made to be used in data centres and to train artificial intelligence models.
“The chip on the server side—not the automobile itself—requires an export licence. Therefore, I believe the artificial intelligence (AI) chips utilised in our electric vehicles are for civilian use, so at this time, I don’t believe there is any risk of limits, according to Zhang of Xpeng.
According to prior CNBC reporting, the bulk of Chinese manufacturers of electric vehicles will be exempt for the time being from U.S. limitations on the export of Nvidia chips since those semiconductors are related to data centres, which fall under Washington’s regulations.