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Xpeng releases Xpilot 3.5: a new ADAS system to challenge Tesla

Written by Thembani Magazi – October 27, 2021

Reviewed by Asaf Kedem

A lot is happening at Xpeng, the Guangzhou based EV start up. One of their most recent projects is the Xpilot 3.5, an ADAS initiative which the company believes will put it on track to rival the success of Tesla in the regional market. ADAS (or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) refers to a driving software system where some autonomous features are present but a driver is still required.

With Xpilot Pilot 3.5, the company will be launching a feature called City NGP, which stands for Navigation Guided Pilot. This will allow Xpeng’s cars to change lanes, speed up or slow down, or to overtake cars and enter and exit highways with minimal input from the driver. Previously the system was designed only for highways, but now its functionality extends also to driving in cities.

Xpilot 3.5 will be available to owners of Xpeng’s P5 car, which was launched earlier this year. The upgrade will be rolled out to customers in the first half of 2022 with the system aspiring to be a rival to Tesla’s ADAS called Autopilot. As stated before there is a lot going for Xpeng at the moment and it is definitely an automaker to watch in the EV and possibly the eVTOL sector. Xpeng managed a record-breaking number of vehicle deliveries this September with numbers only expected to grow in the coming quarter. This is good not just for Xpeng, but also for peers like Tesla as it shows that the market is ready for more innovation in EVs.

Auto Trendy’s take

Competition in China’s electric vehicle market continues to heat up and all automakers are looking to launch features and vehicles to differentiate themselves and stand out in what is becoming an increasingly crowded market. It will be interesting to see how the young company Xpeng handles these evolutionary pressures in the coming years as automakers like Tesla push on to secure one of the most lucrative EV markets in the world. On this competitive front the company seems keen on exploring features like vehicle switch-on to assisted parking with their next offering: the Xpilot 4.0. The new and improved Xpilot 4.0 is set for a rollout in the first half of 2023.

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