Chinese EV manufacturer XPeng says it will be the first auto maker to deploy navigation and location-based services provider Amap’s third-generation in-car navigation system. This, it claims, will make its P7 EV the first mass production vehicle to use a Surrounding Reality (SR) display for navigation assisted autonomous driving. According to Amap its latest generation navigation system leverages AI-based visual technology combined with high precision maps enabling it to provide accurate lane-level navigation.
By integrating navigation with high-precision maps, the Amap system operates as both an infotainment and autonomous driving feature. Currently, its high precision maps cover over 300,000km of highways and urban expressways in China, with expanding coverage of ordinary urban roads. Additionally, its real-time road condition updates cover over 360 cities and 95% of the highway network across China.
Xinzhou Wu, VP of XPeng, commented, “The strong partnership between XPeng and Amap developed the NGP function that adds extraordinary value to users. The NGP seamlessly incorporates high-precision maps into autonomous driving, coordinating the maps with perception and planning, and delivers the outcome at the user interface level. We will further deepen this partnership to lead the smart EV transformation and to optimize our customers’ driving experience.”
XPeng notes that its NGP (Navigation Guided Pilot) is able to conduct navigation-assisted autonomous driving from point A to B based on the navigation route set by the driver. The system can perform automatic speed limit adjustment, optimized lane choices, automatic entering and exiting ramps, and automatic overtaking.
In beta test driving for a cumulative distance of 7,718km, conducted on highways in Guangzhou in early January, XPeng’s NGP function required only 0.77 driver interventions per 100km driven, achieving a lane change and overtake success rate of 98.65%, and a success rate of 89.52% when entering and exiting highway ramps.