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XPeng has announced that the company has launched the pilot program City Navigation guided Pilot making it the first Chinese auto company to launch a high-level Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) functions for complex urban driving scenarios. 

The company is one of the leading smart electric vehicle makers in China and its new system will challenge tesla’s Full Self-Driving beta-software. The system is now available in the area of Guangzhou, China. 

The ADAS platform is made possible by XPeng’s combination of sensors to deliver a 360-degree fusion perception through cameras, LiDAR, millimeter-wave radars, and high-precision positioning units. 

“With the rollout of City NGP, XPeng is spearheading a strategic road map to complete our ADAS coverage from highways and parking lots to much more complex city driving scenarios, offering our customers enhanced safety and an optimized driving experience,” said He Xiaopeng, chairman and CEO of XPeng.  

“We believe the continuous evolvement of City NGP, and the expansion of its coverage will accelerate the transformation of the driving experiences of our customers.” 

A number of Guangzhou-based XPeng P5 customers can now access City NGP through over-the-air updates before launching to other cities. To ensure sufficient knowledge of safety procedures, City NGP requires a seven-day familiarization period, and 100 km of driving before its functions can be used on all available roads.  

The vehicle is able to perform a full range of driving tasks. It is able to cruise at a safe distance from leading vehicles, changing lanes due to navigation or vehicle overtaking decisions, handling merging/splitting roads, getting around stationary vehicles or obstacles, and maintaining an appropriate speed. 

It can also automatically detect and react to traffic lights, make lane change decisions and inform drivers, take left or right turns, navigate through intersections, roundabouts, viaducts, and tunnels, as well as avoid obstructions. 

The company has been deferring the wide release, keeping the customers waiting for it to make good on its promise of fully autonomous driving.