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Chinese electric car company Xpeng releases autonomous features to Challenge TESLA

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  • The new autonomous driving feature will allow the company’s flagship P7 sedan to automatically change lanes, speed up or slow down, overtake cars and enter and exit highways.
  • Xpeng’s NGP is a challenge to Tesla’s autonomous driving system called Autopilot.
  • The highway driving feature will be available on the premium version of the P7 and available to customers in China only.
Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng stands next to the company’s P7 electric sedan as he addresses media at the 2020 Beijing auto show.

new autonomous driving system that will work on the highway, increasing competition from domestic rivals such as Tesla. The feature, called Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP), will allow the company’s flagship P7 sedan to automatically change lanes, accelerate and slow down. This is in addition to the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), which is expected to be launched in the first quarter of this year. While it still requires a driver, ADas integrates the system’s autonomous functions into the vehicle’s steering, braking, acceleration and braking systems and into the steering wheel.

Starting in June last year, Xpeng will be able to compete in the country’s growing market, with 27,041 vehicles expected to be delivered by 2020, more than double the number of vehicles delivered a year ago.

China’s electric car company wants to equip its cars with more autonomous features, and Nio has its own system called NIO Pilot. One of the functions of Autopilot is called “Navigate,” which has functions similar to Xpengs NGP.

Drivers can keep their hands on the wheel while using the autonomous driving features and watch safety videos while driving, while on the highway, turning on Xpeng’s features.

Xpeng says his car is equipped with 14 cameras and other critical sensors and warns the driver when he needs to steer the car. Users then enter their destination on the map, and the cars then begin to perform functions such as lane changes.

The motorway driving feature will only be available to customers in China and will only be available in the premium version of the P7. The function of the motorway drive will also be possible in other markets such as the USA.

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