Developing all of its ADAS system software in-house is costly, but it may end up being Xpeng’s ultimate secret weapon.
Xpeng Motors has made a lot of waves since the introduction of its first vehicle, the G3 compact SUV, less than three years ago. Since then, the Guangzhou-based EV startup has added a second vehicle, the P7 long-range sports sedan to its lineup, and recently, announced its next vehicle, the P5 sedan, which will be available for purchase later this year.
Oh, and during that time Xpeng also built and opened its first manufacturing plant in Zhaoqing, announced a second manufacturing facility in Guangzhou that began construction in September of last year, and then in April of 2021 announced plans for its third factory to be built in Wuhan. Xpeng will have a total annual production capacity of 300,000 vehicles once the Wuhan facility is up and running next year.
It’s the first mass production-grade autonomous parking function available and can perform without using GPS, using centimeter-level high precision real-time maps. The system needs only 10 cm (slightly less than 4 inches) of clearance on both sides of the vehicle to perform its parking task. VPA does not require any modification of the parking structure and can automatically make turns and avoid obstacles.
Once the vehicle has mapped out the parking structure, when it returns, it can autonomously hunt for an open parking spot and park the vehicle, without any intervention from the driver. Technically, the driver doesn’t even need to be in the vehicle, but Chinese regulations require it. So unless the owner was willing to break the law, they need to sit in the vehicle while it performs the parking task.
We’ve arranged for a journalist based in China to take some video of VPA in action, once the OTA update has been distributed to customers. We’re interested in seeing how well it works, and we’re sure the InsideEVs community is as well. While Xpeng isn’t yet selling cars in the US, they have begun shipping the G3 SUV to Norway, with more European destinations planned in the future.
We believe it’s only a matter of time before Xpeng makes its way to the North American shores, given the rapid progress the company has experienced in its first few years.
So check out the video and let us know what you think in the comment section below. Is Xpeng separating itself from the pack? Do you believe they are the market leaders in self-driving tech in China? And will they catch – and perhaps surpass Tesla in self-driving tech?
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