Xpeng launches XPILOT 3.5 semi-autonomous driving features

A new Xpeng P7 is on display at the Xpeng Motors flagship store in a shopping mall. Xpeng P7 is one of the two popular models of Xpeng engines.

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GUANGZHOU, China — Chinese electric car startup Xpeng has released updates to its semi-autonomous drive system as it looks to raise the challenge for Tesla in China.

Xpeng has released XPILOT 3.5, the latest version of the advanced driver assistance system system, or ADAS. This refers to a driving software system with some independent features but where the driver is still required.

With XPILOT 3.5, the company will be launching a feature called City NGP, which stands for Navigation-Guided Pilot. The system allows Xpeng cars to change lanes, speed up or slow down, or overtake cars and enter and exit highways. Previously, the system was designed only for highways, but Xpeng will now release this feature for city driving.

XPILOT 3.5 will be available to owners of Xpeng’s P5, which launched this year. The upgrade will be rolled out to customers in the first half of 2022.

Xpeng has also announced details of the next generation of ADAS called XPILOT 4.0. The company said it has upgraded the hardware that will run XPILOT 4.0 and will include features including vehicle start to assist parking.

XPILOT 4.0 is scheduled to be released in the first half of 2023.

XPILOT is Tesla’s ADAS Xpeng competitor called Autopilot. The competition in China’s electric car market continues to heat up. Automakers are looking to release features and vehicles to differentiate themselves and stand out in what is becoming an increasingly crowded market.

Xpeng also launched a new charger for its cars. The company says that after just five minutes of charging with the new charger, the car’s battery range will reach 200 km.

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