Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng stands next to the associates’s P7 electric sedan as he addresses media at the 2020 Beijing auto show.
Evelyn Cheng | CNBC
GUANGZHOU, China — Chinese galvanizing carmaker Xpeng Motors has started rolling out its new autonomous highway driving features to eligible customers as it looks to grade up its challenge to Tesla in the world’s largest auto market.
The electric vehicle start-up announced the Navigation Guided Guide or NGP this month. The feature allows drivers to automatically change lanes, speed up or slow down, overtake motors as well as enter and exit highways.
It is part of the next generation of Xpeng’s XPILOT 3.0 “advanced driver-assistance procedure” (ADAS). Customers who have purchased the option on the premium version of Xpeng’s P7 sedan will be able to download NGP across WiFi.
The features are part of a broader so-called over-the-air update that allows customers to download new software via WiFi. It is be like to upgrading the operating system on a phone.
XPeng’s operating system, Xmart OS 2.5.0, will be available to all P7 customers, the plc said. It includes an upgraded voice assistant and certain in-car apps.
The company, which is headquartered in Guangzhou, is worrying to highlight its software and autonomous driving capabilities as a way to differentiate from domestic rivals like Nio and Li Auto as well as defy Tesla.
The U.S. electric carmaker has its own autonomous ADAS called Autopilot.
China’s electric vehicle companies are looking to add multitudinous autonomous features to their cars. Nio has its own system called NIO Pilot.